Greenville Journal: Foundation Established to Provide Financial Support for Greenville Police
After a peaceful rally in downtown Greenville in July turned contentious when protestors threatened to shut down Interstate 385, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller decided his officers needed more training in crowd control management that would make confrontations between law enforcement and protesters less likely.
That training is the first project that the new Greenville Police Foundation will fund. The foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to provide grants to buy equipment, provide specialized training and fund employee recognition programs that aren’t covered under the police department’s budget.
Miller is familiar with police foundations. Charlotte and Greensboro, both cities where Miller had worked before coming to Greenville, have police foundations.
“It can be used for anything that helps us accomplish our mission of making the city safer, reducing crime and enhancing the quality of life,” Miller said.
Donors may specify whether they want their contribution to fund a special project or be used by the foundation to provide grants to the Greenville Police Department. Individual, business and corporate donations made to the foundation are tax deductible.