Dozens of Greenville business owners and local officials gathered Wednesday to talk about how they plan to fight crime downtown.
The meeting, focused on how to improve safety in the area after last Tuesday's shooting that left two people dead.
Greenville Police Chief William Anderson says, "We got different points of views from different individuals and I think that's going to help us with our planning."
More officers are patrolling the downtown area. Additionally, from Wednesday to Saturday, between 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., barricades are going to be set up around downtown so authorities can better control the flow of cars and minimize cruising. Anderson says, "We're going to divert downtown traffic around the downtown area, make it safer and get some of the cars out."
When we spoke to Greenville Police Wednesday, they said some of these new security measures were already taking place. However, when WITN contacted the police department Thursday morning, officials said the barricades were not put up Wednesday night. The crowd was considered too light, an official told WITN.
While Anderson is relying on his staff to step up their crackdowns, he says the community needs to get involved as well. "Law enforcement can't do this by ourselves, we have to have cooperation of bar owners, we have to have cooperation of the community, all of us have to work together, can't do it by ourselves."
Chief Anderson told WITN he's considering contracting with another law enforcement agency to bring additional officers to the area. He also wants to meet with downtown business owners again to educate them about gang attire and what to watch out for.
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