Greenville mayor happy with progress to curb crime after his call to end violence

Greenville Mayor PJ Connelly raised Greenville Police for their efforts to reduce crime in Uptown and is hopeful the same can happen in other parts of the city. (Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12 photo)

It appears to be a good start, but there's still a lot of work to do.

That's how Greenville Mayor PJ Connelly feels the work is progressing since it put out a call for his city to curb the recent violence that's been happening. Two months ago, Connelly sent a list of things he wanted to see city leaders and Greenville Police do and he feels they are meeting those concerns.

Connelly on Monday praised GPD for answering his call. He also wanted people to notice the increased police presence. Talking with several people in Uptown, they said they've noticed the difference, too.

Connelly said he also wanted more of a team effort in Uptown, one between business owners and police. He said the Nighttime Economic Safety Team was formed for that purpose.

"Things change on a regular basis so it's important for us to monitor and find out what's working and what's not," Connelly said. "We put together a plan and so far, I think it's been successful, but one of those things that you just can't. Once the criminal aspect stops you can't just stop with it and think it's going to go away. It's gonna be a continuous process."

Connelly also said incidents where a Grimesland man shot and killed a Beaufort County man are taken seriously and where the crime seems to increase, work will be done to put more resources there.

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