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Greenville City Council votes to increase security measures downtown. The changes include more officers, extra security guards, and more vehicles.
City council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will spend just over $800,000 this year to increase the security of its popular downtown area.
The changes were first proposed at a council work session two weeks ago in response to a number of violent incidents occurring downtown and along the popular Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Some of the changes include the addition of eight new officers to patrol downtown. That's twice the amount that have been added in the past 15 years. The ordinance also authorizes ten more security guards to help patrol the parks and public spaces on the weekends.
All of these changes will be funded from money already in the budget. Not included in the ordinance today are additional security cameras and lighting downtown. $500,000 has already been budgeted for those changes.