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Greenville City Council Supports Downtown Enforcement Crackdown

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Greenville City Council met Monday night to discuss security measures in the city Greenville City Council met Monday night to discuss security measures in the city

Greenville's city manager began Monday night's council meeting with an update on what the police are doing about a series of crimes in the popular downtown district.

The police chief was one of several additional officers out on the street Saturday night. She said they noticed as the city has grown, people are parking in darker, more remote areas. The department plans to add more officers and may ask council for additional resources.

Members of council said they are taking these issues very seriously and will continue to make safety the top priority.

"When the chief of police needs a tool or resources, we support her," councilwoman Amy Ryberg Doyle said.

The city does have an additional $500,000 worth of security cameras coming in. Ryberg also said the city will continue to work on lighting and signs in parking garages.

Council heard from a Susan Hackett, the mother of someone who reported being beaten in Falls Park. She said she was encouraged to hear the stepped up patrols and hopes the city continues to release crime reports which she said didn't happen with her son until he spoke with media.

The city manager said the city needs to balance public awareness with investigating claims. He said they have had issues with false reports.

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