City Council Shows Support For GPD Efforts To Fight Gang Violence

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Five of the seven members of the Greenville city council stood up in support of the police department's efforts to curb a recent rash of crime they say is fueled by gang activity.

At the weekly meeting at the Greenville police department Thursday, mayor Pat Dunn and 4 other members of the city council spoke out in support of the police department. Rose Glover and Calvin Mercer, were the two out of town according to Dunn. The mayor says the council's main priority is public safety and if all the members were in attendance they would agree. According to city records 49% of the city's budget is dedicated to the police department.

"The city council has appropriated funding for additional officers, established the PAL program, increased overtime expenses and technology improvements." said Mayor Dunn.

"Yes we are a large part of the budget, but again I think the tools that are provided to us is what we need to do our jobs."
said Greenville Police Chief William Anderson.

Officers say a gang suppression response plan has netted more than 60 arrests, with less than 10 actually named as gang members.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    How about this for a headline--Greenville city council backs police department to stop crime in greenville no matter what it takes period. This is what the people want, demand and are telling the mayor and council to do. You do work for us remember.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    Maybe the traffic cops are the only ones able to get out and work withour having to go to a meeting to decide how to police or do a press release
  • by gang memba not on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    ALL bloods and crips are stupid!! Groups formed by children for children who have no sound parental influence in their lives. WE outnumber them so why do we allow them to terrorize our neighborhoods, cities and schools?? Let's start letting them know we do not support this AT ALL and will NOT TOLERATE it anymore!! BLOODS AND CRIPS your time is numbered!!
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      by 250 on Jul 31, 2011 at 03:32 PM in reply to gang memba not
      Because the new idi oats that have written childcare books has convinced the stchupid parents that that stiffles their creative brain activity. Dr. Spock is rolling in his grave!
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      by Mark on Jul 31, 2011 at 05:24 PM in reply to gang memba not
      AGREE!! Let's take back our cities and streets from these bloods and crips and whoever else wants to call themselves a gang and try to create chaos in our state!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Max Joyner is one of the biggest problems. He constantly harrasses the officers with complaints because his son keep getting arrested. 12 oustanding cases( Let's make sure it counts on election. Marion, bless her heart, is all about supporting the police department if we can do it the "green" way. Clean out the incumbents and start fresh!
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      by agree on Jul 31, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to
      you're exactly right!
  • by Hal on Jul 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Dear GPD Officers, We support you. We DO NOT support you if: 1. You arrest someone who thinks they shouldn't be arrested. 2. You have to use force against anyone (you cops can be so mean) 3. You arrest anyone for loitering (but you better not let anyone loiter - this is how fights/violence erupts) 4. You stop anyone who feels they should not have been stopped (because afterall, everyone knows the law better than the cops). 5. If you do anything controversial whatsoever, even though you were in the right. Love, your City Council On a side note, for all those complaining about traffic cops, YOU should probably just slow down yourself. Most of these shootings as reported are gang related. They are targeting certain gangs etc. Go to the Police dept and ask for a report on how many people are killed and injured in Greenville every year on the roads. I guarantee it would be more than shooting victims...and you have a much greater chance of being a random "victim" in a car crash than you do a shooting. So quit whining, slow down, and go pay your tickets.
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      by Trampo on Jul 30, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to Hal
      Awesome Hal. Nice one.
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      by Don't think so on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to Hal
      That is rubbish. There are not that many deaths in Greenville related to motor vehicle crashes. There are more wrecks in this town because of the people going severely under the speed limit causing road rage to other drivers. People not using blinkers and others turing where ever they please because Greenville decided to put up useless medians. Speeders do not cause the majority of accidents it is caused by distracted know how to point those out??? THEY ARE DRIVING UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT!
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        by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 09:16 PM in reply to Don't think so
        So contrary to what all the facts are....speed does not cause the majority of accidents? Where do you get your facts from? I believe Hal gave you the way to go find the actual facts out at the police dept. BUT that wouldn't help your argument getting the facts. It's better to go off what YOU think. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."-- Abraham Lincoln
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          by I have done my research on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:34 AM in reply to
          Actually I have done my research, so you might want to practice what you preach. Only 30% of all accidents are caused by speed. 50% are caused by distracted drivers! Accidents occur from problems in this order... 1. Equipment Failure 2.Roadway Design 3. Poor Roadway Maintenance 4. Driver Behavior
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        by Hal on Jul 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM in reply to Don't think so
        To Don't think so: I wrote "killed AND injured" on the there are not that many deaths on the roads related to motor vehicle crashes - just like there are not a lot of shooting deaths. But, people get hurt by both all too often. People get hurt in a few shootings a month...people get hurt in car wrecks everyday. Don't change my statements to try and argue an invalid point. And if you get in a wreck because of someone else not using a blinker, then YOU shouldn't have a license.
  • by Jim on Jul 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    If the GCC had supported the GPD three or four years ago we would not have the problems we have now. And if the GPD was able to do PROACTIVE Policing rather than REACTIVE Policing for the last five years this City would be a much safer place to live and work.
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      by agree on Jul 31, 2011 at 06:01 AM in reply to Jim
      you are so right, Jim
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      by JusticeForAll on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to Jim
      "Proactive Policing" is what they had in East Germany and the Soviet Union. What we need is CITIZENS who care about their community, are interested and involved in raising their children, and a school system that functions as something more than a 9-month babysitting service...
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    The Greenville Traffic Department don't care about fighting crime. They only care about traffic violations.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to
      The traffic unit cares about traffic violations, hence the name Traffic Unit= Traffic tickets
  • by Winterville is no better on Jul 30, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    The Winterville police is no better. They sit in neighborhoods too and HARASS the residents. They constantly sit in neighborhoods and write tickets for going 5MPH over or rolling stops. Why are they not out there stopping crime too? We need to stand up and tell them we want to be protected, not harassed!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to Winterville is no better
      Well stop rolling stop signs and going 5 mph so they can go stop crime.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    For crying out loud! Doesn't ALL of city government support GPD efforts to fight gang violence?? Do we need a public statement?? I (and all of Greenville citizens) get to vote for 3 of these positions: Mayor, At Large, and My District. I promise them (and other Greenville citizens) that my three votes will be cast for non-incumbents.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to
      This is what you call a soft admission of guilt. They are guilty of not supporting the GPD so this is what you get at election time.
  • by here Location: here on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    This is a joke right? The City council and mayor feel they have to come out and PUBLICALLY declare their support for the police department. Does anybody else see something wrong with this picture. Why should they EVER have to do this unless THEY KNOW they screwed up and want to get re-elected?? Good luck with that by the way, y'all really suck at your jobs and this pubic statement you felt you had to make just proves it. Atleast to me anyway. Good luck finding new jobs after the new elections.
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