Greenville Police Department releases five year strategic plan

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville Police Department has unveiled its five year strategic plan. It entails the department’s goals and initiatives for the years 2016-2021, and was discussed with city council during a work session Monday.

It outlines the following five strategic goals:

  1. The GPD will collaborate with our community to prevent crime, promote safety and enhance quality of life.
  2. Develop or adapt equipment, technologies, and facilities to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  3. Encourage, educate and engage neighborhoods and organizations as active collaborators in crime prevention, safety and the operations of the Police Department, engendering enhanced understanding and community trust of the Department and its employees.
  4. Develop Greenville Police Department’s intelligence and information sharing capabilities.
  5. Recruit and retain a professional, diverse, and motivated workforce to enhance organizational performance and retention.

Police Chief Ken Miller said improving community relations is an important goal in the department’s plans.

“There’s a number of things in there designed to focus on community relationships,” he said. In addition to bringing in body cameras, they’re also working to streamline their processing of information when people question an officer’s actions.  “When I go to get raw data about my complaint investigations or uses of force, it’s very very hard because it’s all paper. So, we’re automating that.”

The department’s plan also calls for a new building, after 42 years of sharing the Law Enforcement Center with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.  “It’s inadequate in terms of space. I have people in the same unit who are in different offices in different parts of the building, or in different buildings,” said Chief Miller. He said it’s too early to talk cost, but the project would need to be added to the city’s capital improvement plan. “Even if our needs are expensive and they need to be put in a queue, we may be able to lease temporarily.”

Another effort: reworking the School Resource Officer Program that could affect the notion of a school to prison pipeline. “What we want our officers to do is help guide people,” said Chief Miller. “We’re not interested in criminalizing every behavior – every act of defiance.” The plan also discussed domestic violence and addressing the department’s annual turnover of 12 or 13 officers.

Read the strategic plan in its entirety here: Strategic Plan Spreadsheet

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