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Sweeping security changes are proposed for downtown Greenville. The new plan will be laid out before city council Monday September 9. Sweeping security changes are proposed for downtown Greenville. The new plan will be laid out before city council Monday September 9.

Sweeping security changes are proposed for downtown Greenville.

The new plan will be laid out before city council Monday September 9. 

Reggie and his family will soon call Greenville home.

A city at first glance Reggie says seems safe and family friendly.

"If I have to rate it I'd give the city an A," Reggie said.

But a recent string of armed robberies downtown has some people worried. 

 Police say they're investigating at least 4 separate armed robberies including one in Cleveland Park and another in Falls Park.

 "I hate hearing about this it makes me feel unsafe," Greenville resident Tamara Bowen said. 

Police chief Teri Wilfong tells us there are several security changes being proposed. 

Including adding anywhere from 3 to 10 new officers assigned to the downtown. 

Wilfong admits the city has outgrown her current staff. 

"A Monday night is just as busy as a Friday night is so we have to have a strong presence and we need more officers to do that," Wilfong said. 

In addition to more officers inside these parks you may soon see unarmed park security. 

"It's an extra set of eyes for us where if they see something that seems unusual or suspicious they would be able to contact police," Wilfong said. 

Police tell us they will also consider closing city parks after dark, except for Falls Park. 

The chief wants each park to have clear signs letting you know when the park is closed.

Something Reggie thinks is a great idea. 

"I leave the park when it hits dusk I wouldn't be in the park I don't care what park it is and how safe they say the park is," Reggie said. 

Wilfong says the number of additional officers the department receives will be discussed Monday night at the councils work session. '

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