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Greenville Police Chief outlines strategies for fighting crime

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Greenville's police chief plans to implement several strategies over the next few years to combat crime, including surveillance cameras, amped up undercover patrols and a strong line of communication between officers and the community.

Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden hopes to roll out the crime initiatives over the next three years.

He has six goals for the city, which he'll present before the City Council for approval Monday night. That's when he will also ask for the $22 million in funding needed to make them happen.

The goals include leadership and ethics; optimizing organizational structure; crime reduction; traffic safety; community engagement; and technology/equipment needs.

Chief Aden says all six goals will work together to reduce Greenville's crime rate, which he says is driven by property crimes, not violent crimes.

To combat these types of crimes, Chief Aden plans to use a data-driven approach to zero in on crime hot spots with the goal of reducing crime by 3 percent in the first year of his strategic plan. 

"My message is that we're here to help anyone and everyone who lives in the city to choose the right options," he says. "We're here for you. If people choose to commit crime, we're also here for you. And we will hold you accountable."

Also on the City Council agenda tonight is the approval of $300,000 for 60 more surveillance cameras around town.

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