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.