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Strong words from GPD chief on violent criminals

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

There's a new police initiative hitting the streets and it targets violent criminals.
      
This week, Greenville Police launched their Violent Crimes Task Force.
      
9 On Your Side talked one-on-one with Police Chief Hassan Aden to find out who they are going after.

"Do it in our community and we will come after you," said Hassan Aden, Greenville Police Chief.
 
Strong words from Aden about violent criminals in the city.
       
On Tuesday, the GPD rolled out a Violent Crimes Task Force aimed at getting the most dangerous criminals off the street.

"We have a lot of open warrants.  A lot of these open warrants are for various levels of offenses. However, the subjects of these warrants have violent offenses in their background. And they've shown that they're capable of committing violent crime," said Aden.    

So how does this task force determine who the most violent criminals are?   

"We have put together a matrix, assigning numerical values to, like for murder, rape, aggravated assault. Those will obviously get higher numerical values. We've put them in a prioritized list," said Aden.

Aden said the violent criminals list is up to 75, but they are targeting the 25 most dangerous first.

But they are not doing it alone. They have seven U.S. Marshals at their disposal.
      
Aden said they also have the help of the community.

"There's a positive vibe out here. There's an energy out there," said Aden. "People want safe neighborhoods. People are working with us to get there.

But Aden said don't expect the task force to be busting down doors SWAT team style. He said the task force is about getting the bad guys in a strategic way.

"I do want people to know that they are going to be respectful. They are going to follow all of our policies. They're still community oriented," said Aden. "The only people that will feel the heat are the people that we're going after."

Aden said the task force is now a permanent part of the police department and will be called upon periodically throughout the year.

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