GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) -- It’s that time of year again. The college students go home and a new crowd is drawn out to uptown Greenville for its nightlife, which is why Greenville Police Department continues to work hard to protect the city.
The need for police presence in uptown Greenville stays the same throughout the year says Police Chief Mark Holtzman, especially now when the number of people going out is not dropping.
He says they will stay fully staffed until the crowds diminish.
Crime statistics show an uptick in crime around 2 A.M. when the bars begin to close which is when patrol strategies are adjusted and officers are added to spots they think need extra coverage
Holtzman says it’s about being at the right place at the right time.
"A lot of going is going on in our downtown. We hate to have stories of crime,” said Holtzman. “We do everything we can not to have these stories come up. But they are going to happen. And how do we respond to them? How do we share information? How do I as the chief let the community know that we're being attentive and we're following up on all these cases."
He says responding to the situations is the most important part of tackling crime in Uptown. This includes sharing info with the community, aggressively investigating cases and making quick arrests.
GPD recommends the buddy system when leaving the bar or if you feel comfortable, just ask one of the officers to walk you back to your car.