The Greenwood Police Department consists of three divisions, Patrol Services, Administrative Services, and Investigative Services. Each division is made up of units and various components.
Patrol Services Division:
The Patrol Services Division is commanded by a Major, who reports to the Chief of Police and is responsible for command, control, and supervision of all patrol operations as well as the following staff functions and sections and units, which report directly to him.
Patrol Operations: Responsible for designing and implementing policies, procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the patrol functions of the department. Includes evaluating calls for service and other work requirements, and assigning patrol resources to beats or sectors to efficiently deliver law enforcement services.
The Patrol Services Division is broken into four teams that provide continuous twenty-four hour per day preventive patrol coverage and response to calls for service within the City of Greenwood, to include: patrol directed to the prevention of crime; traffic enforcement, direction and control; suppressing disturbances; apprehension of offenders; responding to calls for service; rendering aid, relief and assistance to citizens as circumstances require; preliminary investigations of crimes, offenses, incidents and conditions; initial interviews with victims, suspects, and witnesses; providing emergency services; collection, preservation, processing, analysis, and evaluation of evidence; developing good relationships between the police and the community; recovery of stolen property; preparation of reports as necessary; and presentation of court testimony.
Each team is commanded by a Captain, who reports to the Patrol Major, with an assistant supervisor (Lieutenant) to act as officer-in-charge in their absence.
Traffic Unit: The Traffic Unit's basic responsibilities are responding to and investigating most accidents, enforcing traffic laws, enforcing parking, and handling most escorts during the hours of their work. The unit is commanded by a Lieutenant who is responsible for traffic analysis, enforcement, direction, and control aimed to promote the safe and efficient movement of vehicles within the community. Directs the selective enforcement and alcohol countermeasures programs, and traffic accident investigation. The Traffic Unit Lieutenant is also delineated responsibility and supervision of the parking enforcement and school crossing guards.
Crime Prevention: This officer reports to the Major of Uniform Patrol and is responsible for the implementation and supervision of community-oriented crime prevention programs based upon an analysis of crime patterns and community perceptions of crime. Communicates the stated concerns of members of the community and strategies to deal with these concerns. Responsible for all aspects of the community involvement function of the department and evaluating programs and measuring the effectiveness of efforts in this area.
Responsible for the formulation of policies, procedures, methods, strategies and tactics to implement, administer and sustain the department's Neighborhood Watch program. Ensures that department personnel maintain strong ties with community groups interested in preventing crime.
Warrant Service/Juvenile Officer: This unit consists of two officers who report to the Patrol Major and are primarily responsible for handling all issues dealing with arrest warrant service and legal processes mandated to be performed by the department. Ensures that all arrest warrants are properly entered and updated in the computer management system and tracks all attempts at service. The Juvenile Officer is responsible for coordinating with South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and the Family Court. They are responsible for the transmittal of all police department incidents involving juvenile offenders, transporting juveniles to detention facilities when ordered, and serving as the department's representative at hearings.
Narcotics Detection Canine: The narcotics detection canine and handler are commanded by the Patrol Major, but may be immediately supervised by the on-duty patrol supervisor. The purpose of the narcotics detection canine is for the enforcement of narcotics laws and drug interdiction, and for such other duties as may be directed by the Chief of Police. The narcotics detection canine and handler are on a twenty-four hour, on-call basis, for canine narcotics detection by conducting vehicle and building searches for the purposes of obtaining evidence of a crime and detecting the presence of concealed narcotics.
Parking Enforcement: A civilian position under the command of the Traffic Unit Lieutenant, and is responsible for enforcing the overtime parking violations in the posted timed parking areas in the downtown business district as well as all parking violations in accordance with the City of Greenwood Municipal Ordinance pertaining to parking.
Animal Control Officer: A civilian position under the command of the Traffic Unit Lieutenant, and is responsible for picking up stray animals, dead animals and providing cages, traps or other services concerning animal complaints within the city. Also acts as the department's liaison to the Greenwood County Animal Shelter.
Administrative Services Division:
The Administration Services Division is under the command of a Captain. The Administration Services Captain reports to the Chief of Police and is responsible for command, control, and supervision of support operations as well as the following staff functions and Units/Sections, which report directly to him.
Accreditation: Responsible for the management, administration, and review of the Department's activities in attaining and maintaining accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Serves as the department's Accreditation Manager.
Physical Maintenance: Responsible for overseeing the physical maintenance of police department facilities. Serves as a liaison to other city departments with respect to maintenance of vehicles and related equipment.
Internal Affairs Investigations: Responsible for the investigation process for complaints of police misconduct or commendations received from citizens. Handles all documentation of internal records and audits. Ensures the integrity of the department is maintained through professionalism, fairness, and justice in all investigations of these complaints.
Personnel Processes/Career Development: Manages, implements, and reviews all department processes for hiring and selection, and insures that they adhere to EEO and Affirmative Action. Also checks to make sure the department follows all applicable ADA and OSHA workplace policies. Assists the Chief of Police in processing all promotions and personnel evaluations. Manages the department's Training Coordinator and Records Office. Maintains FTO files to ensure officers are given the best possible on-the-job training.
Crime Scene/Evidence Technician: Responsible for overseeing the Crime Scene and Evidence Officers. Reviews department procedures to best ensure that all evidence stored at the police department is done so within state law and department policy.
Records Division: Greenwood Police Department has two records clerks who work under the direction of the Administrative Services Commander. They are responsible for filing and maintaining the department's paper records, and transmitting reports and data to SCDMV and SLED. The records clerks also enter information into and remove information from NCIC such as missing persons, stolen articles, stolen vehicles, and others. They are responsible for fulfilling Freedom of Information Act requests. All administrative departmental reports are available upon request.
The Investigations Division is under the command of a Captain who reports to the Chief of Police and is responsible for command and control of criminal investigations as well as the following staff functions:
Criminal Investigations: Maintains the case screening system for criminal offenses and monitors case reports to ensure that preliminary investigations are conducted and indicated on offense reports. Screens and assigns cases to patrol officers or to investigative personnel for follow-up investigation, as appropriate. Assists patrol officers with case preparation and preparing testimony for court. Responsible for reviewing applications for search warrants, and assisting in executing such warrants. Has primary responsibility for conducting follow-up investigations within the jurisdiction of the City of Greenwood.
Court Liaison: This officer reports to the Investigations Division Captain and is responsible for the compiling and maintaining of all case files transmitted to General Sessions Court. Acts as department's liaison for the Solicitor's Office, court and defense attorneys. Handles all preliminary hearings and presents cases in court on behalf of officers.
Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU): The Drug Enforcement Unit is a team of investigators with a primary mission of enforcing laws related to illegal narcotics, alcohol, and other substances. This unit is lead by the DEU Commander, who reports directly to the Chief of Police. Agents in DEU are responsible for investigating tips related to narcotics trafficking, sales, and possession. They conduct surveillance, work with informants, build case files, execute search warrants, and prosecute narcotics cases.