GREENVILLE, N.C. – Greenville Mayor Kandie Smith is proclaiming October 9-13 to be the Mayor’s Community Policing Week in Greenville, an initiative aimed at highlighting some of the collaborative programs and policing practices in the city.
The week will include a resolution by the mayor, public meetings, awards, an overview of what to do in an active shooter situation, and more. Mayor Smith said the purpose of the week is to promote practices designed to advance public safety, strengthen police-community relations, and foster mutual trust and respect between law enforcement and citizens.
What is often a touchy subject, Greenville City Council is facing head on.
Mayor Kandie Smith of Greenville said, “There’s a lot of division, and we want to make sure that we change that narrative and we turn that around. The only way we do that is to make sure both sides have an opportunity to see what the other side does and how they think.”
Smith called for a week of activities to show all GPD has to offer its citizens.
On Monday, council marked the beginning with the recognition of one of GPD’s successful programs, Citation in Lieu of Arrest.
Chief Mark Holtzman with the Greenville Police Department said, “Do you take a police officer off a street or do you issue a citation, as long as you can identify the person, you have no reason to believe they’re not going to appear for court you can give a citation for it.”
Chief Holtzman said an officer’s ability to write a citation instead of fully arresting someone, can be far more affective depending on the case.
“You know many times when police officers are out working the street there are times when it’s more prudent just to write the citation and get people on their way,” said Holtzman. “It’s over with by the time the officer gets there yet we can hold people accountable and still get people to court. In others ways they can get back home, get back to work the next day as well.”
Mayor Smith said she hopes people take advantage of this week and understand their role in policing.
“The police cannot do their jobs on their own; we are a part of that process,” said Smith. “Basically as citizens, everybody is deputized because, if you see something say.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Monday, October 9 Resolution: Citation in Lieu of Arrest 6:00 PM City Council Chambers, 200 W. Fifth Street
Tuesday, October 10 Police Athletic League Open House 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM South Greenville Gym, 851 Howell Street Eppes Recreation Center, 400 Nash Street
Police Community Relations Committee Meeting 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ECU Willis Building, 300 E. 1st Street
Wednesday, October 11 Media Event: Walk the Beat with New Neighborhood Officers 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Media will be notified of location.
Thursday, October 12 Caught in the Act of Kindness: Community Policing Officer Recognition 6:00 PM City Council Chambers, 200 W. Fifth Street