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Mayor Simmons’ Statement on New Police Chief Marcus Turner

Today, Mayor Errick D. Simmons releases the following statement on the selection of Greenville’s New Police Chief Marcus Turner.
Statement of Mayor Errick D. Simmons:
Congratulations to Marcus Turner and his family for his selection by the Greenville City Council in becoming our city’s new Police Chief. It is my hope that the people of Greenville embrace him and join me and the City Council in giving him and his family a warm welcome.
The most pressing issue we face and what truly matters now is the work ahead of us: making our communities safer and stronger. I expect that he will immediately begin developing plans to fight the unacceptable violent crime increases we have seen in Greenville.
We will need our communities’ collective hands, eyes, ears, and help in those efforts. Too many lives have been taken in our city. Too many families have been devastated by violence. And too many people in our neighborhoods feel unsafe. These senseless acts of violence and shootings must stop.
Law enforcement alone cannot solve the challenges we face, but the hardworking men and women of the Greenville Police Department are integral to combating violence. Critical to their success are the tools our officers need to keep people safe and continue to push for solutions with county, regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies surrounded by community-based methods, restorative justice approaches, and faith-based, businesses, and social and civic partnerships.
I want to thank all the candidates who embraced the challenge of working for the City of Greenville. I look forward to working with Chief Turner and look forward to new strategies in action in the months ahead. Working together, we will strive to make Greenville, one of the safest cities in our region, state, and country.
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