Greenville Police Foundation Launches SafeReach Program For Officer Safety

Greenville, S.C. – August  31, 2017– The Greenville Police Foundation has launched the SafeReach Program to help equip the Greenville City Police Officers with attachable lighting systems that will grant safety during high-risk, nighttime situations. The foundation is looking to equip 160 Greenville City Police officers with attachable lighting systems and holsters. A donation of two hundred and fifty dollars can help pay for one officer to receive the system. The goal is to raise $40,000 for the City’s officers.

“High-Risk, nighttime situations include many things happening at once-- commands, covering your suspect, situational awareness, radio communication, handcuffs, and lack of illumination.  There's no time for overreaction or mistakes, ” shares Greenville Police Department’s Chief of Police, Ken Miller. SafeReach is a fundraising initiative that is helping officers to be safer and serve safer by providing needed resources. It is difficult for officers to be sure and capable when their hands are tied. A simple fix like putting lights on pistols can help free up an officer's hands during critical and life-changing events.

Officers need three items to remain safe-- A light, a firearm and a radio. But officers only have two hands! In low-light settings, officers need to not only illuminate their surroundings, but also communicate effectively while securing the situation. The best solution for officers to be able to quickly and accurately coordinate between their tools is to have lights attached to their firearms. This measure greatly reduces the stress of coordinating between tools.

The Greenville Police Foundation was formed to assist the city’s police department with raising money for programs and equipment that are essential to citywide safety. The Greenville Police Foundation will help increase funding to the department and accelerate the implementation of many of these safety-based initiatives like the SafeReach Program. Without the Foundation, the Police Department has to schedule in these initiatives two to three years in advance, causing an extreme lag in response to community needs. The SafeReach Program functions entirely on donation. Donations can be made on the website, http://greenvillepolicefoundation.org/safereach/