Our mission is to collaborate with the community to prevent crime, promote safety and enhance quality of life.- Chief J.H. Thompson
The Greenville Police Department embraces a policing philosophy that incorporates targeted enforcement strategies with prevention and intervention efforts to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. This community-oriented approach to policing relies on building and maintaining trusting relationships with residents, businesses, schools and organizations, and the goal is for all citizens to share responsibility in making Greenville a safe community. Elements of community engagement, collaboration and problem-solving are woven throughout every aspect of the Greenville Police Department, which employs a variety of strategies to ensure that the community is an influential partner in preventing crime, promoting safety and improving the quality of life for all residents in our city.
- Patrol officers are assigned to geographic zones on a long-term basis to establish ownership of policing issues and staffing levels allow officers to spend 40% of their time on community meetings, activities and problem-solving efforts
- School Resource Officers are assigned to every middle and high school in the city and programs like Cops on the Court allow off-duty police officers to establish positive relationships with neighborhood youth by playing basketball at local playgrounds and gyms
- Officers trained in Crime Prevention Through Environment Design work with residents and business owners to make their homes and businesses more secure and the Public Engagement Division offers a Citizens Police Academy and coordinates officer ride-alongs to give citizens the chance to learn more about the police department and what it’s like to be a police officer
- The department partners with health and human service agencies to offer gang and violence prevention, intervention and suppression programs for at-risk youth and officers support organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Shriner’s Hospital through participation in various outreach and fundraising activities
Meet some of the officers who are working to strengthen community-police partnerships and create positive change in our city.
CORPORAL ROBERT ATTAWAY
I enjoy being there for people and helping them like I was helped when I was young. I had both positive and negative interactions with law enforcement growing up. The positive experiences made me want to be a police officer and the negative experiences made me want to change things for the better.
Corporal Attaway joined the Army Reserves as an MP after high school and later joined the Greenville Police Department at the urging of his neighborhood police officer. A 27-year veteran of GPD, Corporal Attaway has served on uniform patrol and as a community patrol officer and is currently a School Resource Officer (SRO). When he first became an SRO, Corporal Attaway couldn’t have imagined the impact he would have on the students at his school, but now, many years later, parents still come up to him and thank him for things he said or did to help their child graduate or just navigate the challenges of being a teenager.
Officer DIANA MUNOZ
Every morning, when I walk in the room where I keep my uniforms, I pass several pictures of myself on duty over the years. Those pictures are reminders of the different situations that I’ve encountered and the positive outcomes that occurred from them. They’re also my motivation to try to make a difference in the world. Ultimately, my goal is to change at least one person’s life for the better each day I come to work.
As a child, Officer Munoz and her family immigrated to the United States from South America, where her father was a traffic officer. Today, she is following in her father’s footsteps as a member of the Greenville Police Department’s Traffic Unit. During her seven-year tenure, Office Munoz has also served in the Patrol and Community Outreach divisions and has been involved in GPD’s gang resistance program aimed at elementary and middle school-aged children. She believes that as a police officer, she has many different roles, including being a “listener,” and that sometimes, listening is the most important thing you can do to help someone.
Officer Terence Brister
Being a police officer is a noble profession and most people are called to it because they want to serve their community and change people’s lives for the better. When the badge is tarnished by one officer, no matter where it happens, it affects officers everywhere who are working hard every day to protect their fellow citizens and keep their communities safe. Police officers are a part of the community they serve and want the same things for their families as everyone else, so we are all in this together.
While Officer Brister has only been with the Greenville Police Department for a little over four years, he has a public safety and service background. He was a sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corps, serving on embassy duty, he is a former federal foreign security contractor and he is a former SC State police officer. As a Police Training Officer and a member of GPD’s Uniform Patrol Division, Officer Brister never knows who or what he will encounter during his shift but he knows that the community is better because of what he and his fellow officers do every day. He believes that if a person looks for negativity in others, they will find it, so he chooses to take that same energy and look for positivity and the good in others.
Officer RACHEL HALL
I always respected my grandfathers for their military service and it gives me a great sense of pride to think of myself as carrying on a similar legacy of integrity and honor. I try to conduct myself in a positive, professional manner and represent the Greenville Police Department well in every interaction I have with the community. Police officers often see people on what could be their worst day, or at a low time in their lives, and what I’ve learned is that most people respond to empathy, and often just want to have their voice heard.
Officer Hall has been with the Greenville Police Department for 12 years, and one of the things she enjoys most about being a police officer is the opportunity to be out in the community. That’s not surprising because she currently serves as GPD’s Community Outreach Officer. Her role involves helping citizens learn more about law enforcement and what it’s like to be a police officer through GPD’s Citizens Police Academy and ride-along program, as well as building trust and establishing partnerships with residents, businesses and non-profits to solve problems and address community issues.
Officer GILBERTO FRANCO
I realize that this is not a career for everyone but I believe I was chosen to serve. As a police officer, I know I play a vital role in the quality of life in our community. Unfortunately, the negative national attention on law enforcement has increased the trust gap between citizens and the police. This makes things difficult because we need one another and need to work together to address the issues facing our community.
Officer Franco has been with the Greenville Police Department for seven years and is one of the members of the Crime Response Team (CRT), who are known as Community Coordinators. After working in several industries, he became a police officer because he felt he could offer more to his community and wanted to use his bilingual skills. As a CRT member, Officer Franco works closely with the community, attending neighborhood meetings, fielding concerns from residents and business owners and developing partnerships to address public safety issues.