City Hires Kenneth Miller As New Police Chief
City Manager John Castile announced that the City has hired Kenneth C. Miller as the new police chief. Chief Miller will replace former chief Terri Wilfong, who retired in April from the Greenville Police Department. Chief Miller became police chief of the Greensboro Police Department in 2010 after 21 years of service with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. As police chief of Greensboro, Miller oversees a $66 million budget and a staff of 783, which includes 673 sworn officers. Read News Release | View Video
Police Mourn Loss of K-9 Officer Gio
Greenville Police Department reported the loss of K9 Gio on June 14, as the result of injuries when he was struck by a vehicle near Woodruff and Scuffletown Roads. The accident happened while Gio was off-duty. The dog jumped from the vehicle into the roadway and was struck by another vehicle. Gio has assisted in many arrests during his time with the department and completed several successful tracks. A remembrance service will be held for Gio at 10 am Friday, June 20, at the Law Enforcement Center, 4 McGee Street. Donations made to the Police K9 Fund are being accepted in Gio's honor.
Officers Awarded for DUI Arrests
Interim Chief Gambrell and Captain Harmon awarded three Greenville city officers with DUI lapel pins yesterday. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety recognizes numerous law enforcement officers and agencies for their efforts to rid South Carolina roadways of drunken drivers each year. Officer Sanders received the DUI Silver Heroes Lapel Pin for 25-49 DUI arrests in 2013. Officer McLean and Callison received the DUI Bronze Heroes Lapel Pin for 10-24 DUI arrests in 2013. Great work officers!
Police Debut New 'Text to 911' Service
If you live in Greenville, you now can call or text 911. Last month, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office was the first in the state to introduce the 'Text to 911' feature and now the Greenville Police Department is capable of receiving those messages as well. Currently this service is limited to Verizon Wireless customers. However, other major cell phone carriers have agreed to be on board by May 2014. As always, the best way to get a fast response from emergency services is to dial 911 and talk to a dispatcher directly. Texting is an alternative for people with speech or hearing impairments, or as a viable alternative when a call may place someone in jeopardy.