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. Each of these divisions serves a vital role in fulfilling the mission of the Greenwood Police Department.
The Patrol Services Division Commander reports to the Chief of Police and is responsible for command, control, and supervision of all patrol operations and its auxiliary functions, sections and units. Responsible for assisting Administrative Commander with 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.
The Traffic Unit answers to the Uniformed Patrol Commander. The 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 Traffic Officer 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 Officer is also delineated responsibility and supervision of the parking enforcement and school crossing guards.
The Greenwood Police Department has two K-9 Units. The dogs are trained in narcotics detection, article search and tracking. The handlers are commanded by the Uniformed Patrol Commander, but may be immediately supervised by the on-duty patrol supervisor. The primary purpose of the K-9 Unit is for enforcement of narcotics laws and drug interdiction, and for such other duties as may be directed by the Chief of Police. The K-9 Units 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.
Greenwood City Police employ a full-time Animal Control Officer who answers to the Uniformed Patrol Commander. This officer works 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday. Some of the services offered by our Animal Control Officer include:
- Catching stray/vicious dogs
- Removing deceased animals from roadways
- Advising citizens concerning state and city statutes applicable to the ownership of pets/livestock
- Setting humane traps to capture pests
- Coordinating our partnership with the Greenwood County Humane Society
- Assisting police officers investigating incidents involving animals
Please be advised - Greenwood Police Department does not remove stray/feral cats. If you need to speak to the Animal Control Officer during normal working hours, you can call the Police Department at (864) 942-8405. If you encounter an aggressive animal, or a situation where the safety of an animal or the public may be at risk, please call 911 and advise a dispatcher.
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.
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. Is also responsible for purchasing and procurement of equipment, software, hardware and any other elements needed by officers of the department.
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.
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.
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.
These officers report to the Administrative Services Division Commander and are 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.
The Investigations Division Commander serves as the Commander of the Detective's Division and answers directly to the Chief of Police.
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.
The Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) / Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) is lead by a Commander who answers to the Chief of Police. This unit is responsible for directly addressing crime issues in specific areas as identified by a data driven processes. The unit is also responsible for narcotics and vice crimes as well as intelligence gathering.
Responsible for overseeing the Crime Scene and Evidence Officers. Actively conducts crime scene investigations and training. Reviews department procedures to best ensure that all evidence stored at the police department is done so within state law and department policy.
This officer reports to the Investigations Division Commander 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 to Grand Jury on behalf of the department.
The officer answers to the Investigations Division Commander. This officer is also responsible for attempting to serve outstanding arrest warrants on individuals, as well as maintaining all warrants currently held by the Greenwood Police Department. The duties continue with the responsibility of handle all juvenile related criminal matters. This officer transports prisoners or juveniles to and from court appearances when required and processes all juvenile paperwork for Family Court.