Congrats to Cpt. Stacey Owens, a retired GPD SWAT team member, and Det. Joey Gault, not pictured, a current GPD SWAT team member for collectively taking second as a First Responder team at this morning's W.A.R. Fund 5K run, put on by the Greenville County Sheriff's Office! That's Cpt. Owen's son Collin posing in the photo! The GPD's Social Media Coordinator Tony Casey won the race for the second year in a row, in 17:15! #gvlpd
Thanks to Tommy's Country Ham House off Rutherford Street, breakfast was on the house and law enforcement personnel had the chance to receive prizes and free offers at the 4th Annual Greenville County Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) Breakfast on Friday morning.
Organizers say it began as a gesture by a group of friends to buy breakfast for officers. It’s now grown with the support of more than 100 local businesses and others.
Today, the Greenville Police Department honored its officers, civilian employees and a few good samaritans at a yearly 11th Annual Awards Ceremony Luncheon that was held at Larkin's Sawmill.
Here are some more GPD raffle winners with handmade cards from Sarah Collins Elementary! Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who showed their appreciation for our officers through donations to our raffle: KT Textiles, Splash on Main, Port City Java - Greenville, SC, Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dental Studio of Greenville, Boyd Family, Silleman Family, Kelly Family.
With #nationalpoliceweek taking place right now, we want to highlight the work of some of our Greenville Police Department officers.
This is Ofc. Lepak, left, joined by Ofc. Sanders, right, both members of the GPD's Community Response Team. Along with carrying out traditional police work, the CRT seeks to implement community-oriented policing and problem-solving strategies.
The team, among other things, also oversees electronic monitoring for repeat offenders, attends communi...ty meetings, works with community concerns from residents and businesses and much more. The CRT has a strong community presence, so, if you see them out in your neighborhood or walking the beat, make sure to say hello!
For #nationalpoliceweek, we're focusing on some of the police work those in our agency do on a daily basis.
Here's Det. Smith, a nine-year veteran of the GPD, who works on violent crimes. One interesting aspect of his job is when he goes down to the forensics office to work with their staff on a case. Often with Smith's work, a ballistics comparison can be used to help solve a crime. James Armstrong, right, with the Forensics Division, has more than 300 firearms in his office. These many options allow for the most precise crime-solving techniques possible. In the kinds of cases Smith encounters, along with ballistics, there's also the drug and DNA lab to analyze the evidence recovered from the scene. Det. Smith also plays in the GPD's Cops on the Court basketball program Thursday and Friday nights, hooping it up with area youth.
Day 3 of our Police Week raffle and here are some of our winners! Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who have shown their appreciation for our officers through donations: Tucanos Brazilian Grill, River Falls Spa, Greenville Jerky and Vine, GIFT Counseling Center for Wellness, Melehes Family, Borchert Family, and Massell Family.
Thanks to WSPA 7News for touching on this momentous occasion, showing unity between the Greenville Police Department and the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, letting our agencies police the city and county better together.
"With all of the recent changes over the last month...There's a great sigh of relief in both agencies because ultimately all we care about is doing the work that we're hired to do and serving the people of our community," Chief Miller said.
The GPD always maintains strong relationships with the business community in Greenville. Here's Ofc. Brister, left, and Ofc. Lopez, right, with Sarah Gilley, middle, who owns MADabolic Greenville on McBee Avenue, posing at yesterday's monthly merchant meeting on the ninth floor of City Hall. #gvlpd #nationalpoliceweek
For #nationalpoliceweek, we want to highlight some of the work of our officers. Here's Ofc. Lopez, who's based at City Hall and serves as the mediator for Greenville Cares and our police department. She makes sure all police-related requests get to our supervisors, and that they're addressed in a timely matter. Lopez also attends all City Council meetings and merchant meetings. Of course, Lopez also walks the beat, part of our constant presence in downtown Greenville, also taking police reports over the phone and as people come into City Hall. Make sure to say hello next time you see Ofc. Lopez downtown or in City Hall!
At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Knox White read a National Police Week Proclamation, with Chief Ken Miller, GPD leadership and officers in attendance.
Among other things, the proclamation stated, "...members of the Greenville Police Department play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of and visitors to Greenville, SC..."
Thank you, Mayor, and members of City Council!...