GPD presents Coffee with the Chief

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville’s new police chief wants to hear from you!

That’s why the Greenville Police Department hosted Coffee with the Chief on Wednesday, October 14th.

Chief Mark Holtzman is only on his fourth week in Greenville, and says he’s working to get to know the community.

Coffee with the Chief is an opportunity for residents to meet him and discuss issues they see in our area.

Chief Holtzman says getting this outside feedback is essential to their success.

“I think it’s absolutely important for a Chief to get out and be approachable by the community that we serve. Going downtown and having coffee with the Chief is just one way of doing that. I’ve been out driving around with the different zone commanders and getting to know the different neighborhoods. And this is just the first of many that I hope I’ll be doing in the community,” Chief Holtzman said.

Greenville Chief of Police Mark Holtzman made his rounds this morning, meeting and greeting everyone who stopped by.

People used today’s two hour window, to let the chief know about their biggest concerns.

Spence Cosby, said, “we talked about the community, police community presence in the uptown area.”

“I also live on the grid, and I want to feel safe down there,” Mamie Dixon told the chief. “It’s such a fascinating interesting part of town, the historic district, I have such a love for the area, but, unfortunately I feel that we could feel safer.”

Chief Holtzman says two things stood out to him during his conversations, traffic safety and quality of life.

“There’s some nice short term and long term strategies that can be put in place for these things,” Chief Holtzman said. “I got some specifics today and I’m encouraged we can get to work on a few of them.”

He says he already has some ideas.

“To push those out to our zone commanders which are lieutenants in charge of each of the different areas of the city and give them the information,” Chief Holtzman said. “Then let them work on those issues through working with other government associations within the city.”

Chief Holtzman encourages anyone who didn’t meet him to contact the Greenville Police Department with their concerns.



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