31 May
  • By Greenville Police Foundation
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Detective Kevin Hyatt

As part of the Greenville Police Department’s collaborative efforts to keep Greenville safe, Detective Kevin Hyatt is assigned to the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force (MFTF). This regional task force combines resources from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives.

The MFTF was attempting to locate a subject with warrants for three armed robberies. On May 3rd, the suspect was arrested by Detective Hyatt and his task force team. During the arrest and transport, Detective Hyatt treated the suspect with dignity and respect, forging a rapport. After being brought in for an interview, the suspect was completely uncooperative with detectives. Finally, about to return to jail, he requested to speak to Detective Hyatt. During several conversations over the next two days, the suspect confessed to a long list of offenses, including: nine armed robberies; four home invasions; commercial burglary; attempted burglary; and auto theft. After a series of interviews, the suspect was placed in detention without bond.

The suspect’s willingness to talk with Detective Hyatt demonstrates the significance of Greenville Police Department’s core values of collaboration, fairness, integrity, and compassion. GPD’s Violent Crimes Unit partnered with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force to resolve a significant number of violent crime cases throughout the Upstate. The suspect felt Detective Hyatt was honest, fair, and respectful in their initial encounter. He and the suspect forged a trust emphasizing dignity and compassion despite the suspect’s arrest. Detective Hyatt’s efforts went beyond basic fugitive apprehension; he was able to gain further information about conspirators, obtain confessions, and gather details about additional crimes, making Greenville and surrounding communities safer.

Before being assigned to the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Detective Hyatt worked in patrol, in Vice and Narcotics, and as part of the Community Response Team (CRT). He has served the Greenville Police Department for 13 years.