Creating a Safer Upstate Beyond the Shield Workshop #4 – Community Leaders and Law Enforcement

    Creating a Safer Upstate Beyond the Shield Workshop #4 – Community Leaders and Law Enforcement

    The fourth Creating a Safer Upstate – Beyond the Shield Virtual Workshop provided an opportunity for Community Leaders to share concerns with Law Enforcement Officers across the Upstate.

    The panel included Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, Town of Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor, City of Anderson Chief Jim Stewart, and City of Greer Police Chief Matt Hamby. Jim Shew from Marsh & McLennan and Keishe Nelson from Michelin coordinated the audience questions during the session.

    Sheriffs and Chiefs addressed questions about how community leaders can support law enforcement, how the national conversation on criminal justice reform impacts the implementation of law enforcement practices and procedures at the local level, how information is communicated and where to look for the most accurate news, what communities can do to help police in regards to response and communications, community engagement, mental health, and reporting.

    View a video recap here.

    Creating a Safer Upstate Beyond the Shield Workshop #3 – Law Enforcement Recruitment, Retention, and Training

    Creating a Safer Upstate Beyond the Shield Workshop #3 – Law Enforcement Recruitment, Retention, and Training

    Creating a Safer Upstate

    November 2, 2021

    Watch a video of the presentation here.


    Chief Matt Hamby, City of Greer

    Chief TJ Chaudoin, City of Greenwood (c:864-992-7304)

    Chief Howie Thompson, City of Greenville

    Community Leaders

    Dr. Toney Parks, Senior Pastor at Mt. Sinai Baptist, and Chaplain to Greenville City Police

    Mayor Terence Roberts, Mayor of Anderson, and Board of Directors Chair of TATT

    Keishe Nelson, Credit Manager at Michelin Community Volunteer

    Challenges to Hiring, Recruiting, Training

    Chief Chaudoin


    • Relying more on communities
    • Focus on minorities
    • It’s a competitive market
    • Develop open dialogue with council persons in each zone
    • Reduce turnover
    • The hiring process takes six months, including:
      • First application
      • Panel interview
      • Psychological evaluation
      • Nelson Denney Test
      • Polygraph
      • Physical
      • Conditional offer
      • Academy
      • PTO training program for 7-8 months

    How have they been recruiting

    • Minority campaigns partnered with Army, Army PAYS program, first black female applicant currently in process, veterans to top of pool
    • Hiring workshops at convention center, with physical agility test
    • Hosted African American men ___org) at range
    • Yard signs in neighborhoods
    • Find Value Be Valued campaign, hired eight with previous experience

    Chief Thompson

    Some of the minimum standards set by state law (an average of 6% of applications received are eligible):

    • At least 21 years old
    • Citizen
    • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • SC driver’s license
    • No driver’s license suspensions
    • No felonies, crimes of moral turpitude
    • Good credit history

    Chief Hamby

    Studies show that 29% of officers leave within first year of being hired nationally. An additional 40% leave the professional within 5 years. 8-20% stay to reach retirement. According to the SC Academy, in five years, 50% of the class is no longer in law enforcement after graduation.

    Creativity is required in retention. Opportunities in Greer are available to:

    • Work toward being detective
    • Become a school resource officer
    • Work toward the K-9 Team or drone team
    • Participate in cross-training,
    • Receive private vendor training
    • Play a role in future planning and be part of a team


    • Greer offers a cash incentive to current officers to recruit – $500 for new hire plus $500 at end of probation period
    • College kids from Citizen’s Academy, from Greenville Tech, North Greenville University, Bob Jones, Anderson, and Furman
      • Develop relationships early, tour, take to lunch, ride alongs

    Community Leader Q&A

    Pastor Parks

    What is the plan to encourage Latinx population?

    Chief Chaudoin

    Become actively involved in the community to build relationships for the future

    Chief Thompson

    Largest growing population in Greenville

    Partnered with Hispanic Alliance job fairs

    Aside-15% of the department is female

    Chief Hamby

    Focusing on all minorities and getting them to apply

    Mayor Roberts

    How can elected officials help with recruiting and retention?

    Chief Chaudoin

    Bring elected officials along into communities

    Focusing on recruiting next generation of hires

    Chief Hamby

    Provide leads of interested parties

    Chief Thompson

    Invite us to speak even to events you might not think are related

    Keishe Nelson

    What training has been implemented to counter tragedies?

    Chief Chaudoin

    Outside agency oversight through national accreditation

    Increase training budget

    Specialize in communication and de-escalation

    Chief Thompson

    Review policies to ensure up to date

    Repetitive training on simulators

    Biased based training

    Chief Hamby

    Emotional intelligence training – entire staff

    Crisis interventional training by NAMI

    What has been learned from open dialogue in communities?

    Chief Chaudoin

    Everyone learns about each other; community understands force, office understands     community concerns

    Chief Thompson

    New NET Team (neighborhood engagement team)

    Goal – promote safety, prevent crime, enhance quality of life, neighborhood led

    Chief Hamby

    Every department relies of community support

    With removing someone’s freedom comes heavy responsibility, so a high level of trust   must be obtained by getting to know each other outside “business” dealings

    Builds trust and understanding

    Beyond the Shield Workshop Recap – Technology in Law Enforcement

    Beyond the Shield Workshop Recap – Technology in Law Enforcement

    Thank you for registering for Ten at the Top’s Technology in Law Enforcement workshop yesterday. Please share this recording of the workshop with any Upstate organizations or members of your community that might be interested in hearing about how technology like license plate readers, body cameras, and drones are being used to solve crimes in our communities.

    The law enforcement panel included Chief Jorge Campos from the Clemson Police Department, Captain Fred Forman from the Simpsonville Police Department, and Chief Matt Hamby from the Greer Police Department.

    Chief Hamby introduced body-worn cameras (BWCs) and the evolution of BWC technology. Chief Campos discussed accountability, standards, and guidelines, the use of BWCs to in court cases, automation to increase usability and accuracy, privacy issues, and limitations of the technology. Captain Forman discussed the Simpsonville department’s use of license plate readers (LPRs) to solve crimes quickly in an objective and unbiased manner while saving taxpayer dollars.

    Community leaders who participated in this session were Yvonne Reeder and Corey McDowell.

    This workshop was highly informative about what technology law enforcement is using, how it works, how it is being used and how it is not being used, and methods utilized to maintain the safety and privacy of Upstate citizens. If you were not able to attend the workshop, please take some time to watch the recording and share it widely.

    As part of the Creating a Safer Upstate initiative, Ten at the Top will continue to host this series of “Beyond the Shield” Virtual Workshops featuring conversations between law enforcement officers and community leaders around key law enforcement topics. Watch for a date for the next workshop featuring information on law enforcement recruitment, retention, and training.

    TATT Chat Recap – Creating a Safer Upstate Update

    TATT Chat Recap – Creating a Safer Upstate Update

    Special Program Update: Creating a Safer Upstate – Sheriff Rick Clark & Stinson Ferguson

    You can view a recording of the meeting here and the presentation here.

    Last year a steering committee was created with representatives across the Upstate from law enforcement, non-profits, clergy, citizens, and business leaders. Questions to address included what does a safer Upstate look Like? Who has the power to create a safer Upstate? How do we move forward? How do we engage non-English speakers? How do we capture the voices of young people? What information do we need? What are the barriers to success?

    Three goals were recommended with one subcommittee to work on each:

    Goal #1: Engage law enforcement officials, community leaders and residents to work together to build healthy working relationships that elevate mutual respect, value cultural differences, and acknowledge the roles and responsibilities that each play in creating safer Upstate Communities.

    Goal #2: Provide regular opportunities for law enforcement and community leaders to convene to discuss community issues and emerging law enforcement topics while exploring approaches that can be implemented across the Upstate Region.

    Goal #3: Enhance public trust by documenting, sharing and implementing best practice approaches for developing a sustainable, healthy relationship between law enforcement officials and the greater Upstate Community.

    Police Department Community Outreach Survey – Chief Matt Hamby

    As part of Goal #1, this subcommittee created a Police Community Engagement Survey. Please see the presentation for survey results:

    • The Safer Upstate Task Force created a survey asking about police community engagement that was sent out to 57 police departments and sheriff’s offices in Upstate South Carolina.
    • We received responses from 28 police departments and 4 sheriff’s offices.
    • We received a response from at least one department in all 10 counties in the Upstate.

    Chief Hamby shared community engagement opportunities in Greer including summer youth camps, Fist Bump Fridays at schools, Citizens Academies, and National Nights Out. Chief Hamby encouraged agencies to request funding for community engagement. With the Greer budget of $4,000, they can engage many members of their community and build healthy relationships.

    Tri-County Outreach Efforts and Community Meetings – Jacquelyn Blakley

    Tri-County Tech, in conjunction with Clemson University and the Creating a Safer Upstate committee, has developed Community Leader Forums:

    • Partners: Tri-County, Clemson University and Creating a Safer Upstate
    • Attendees: Community leaders and law enforcement in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties
    • Goal: Build trust and develop healthy, sustainable relationships

    Forums will include:

    • Roundtable Discussion
      • Police training and credentials
      • Community engagement
      • Neighborhood safety concerns
      • Policing policies
      • Other topics

    Announcement of Community Safety Virtual Workshop Series – Kim Kegler

    Beyond the Shield:
    Perceptions, Realities & Community Concerns Around “Hot Button” Public Safety Issues

    Each one-hour virtual session will include law enforcement officers and community leaders discussing elements of policing and how to build a collaborative understanding and dialogue around the issues, concerns and opportunities to create a Safer Upstate.

    Creating a Safer Upstate Committee Initiatives – Stan Davis

    Group #1 will move forward with a focus on data with a template to share information and include community engagement opportunities. Group #2 is pulling together programs to create awareness. Group #3 has taken the before-school engagement activities and piloted the concept around the Upstate with 11 schools visited at the end of the school year and a positive news story by Fox 21 as a result. The efforts of the committees will expand the role that residents play and continue to share best practices.

    Resource Update – Billy Crank, LEAD Upstate

    • Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) started with Seabrook Marchant buying breakfast for officers at Tommy’s Ham House and grew to an annual sit-down breakfast the Westin Poinsett Hotel.
    • Due to COVID, a drive through line was set up last year, providing 450 breakfasts and goody bags in 2020
    • The goal of LEAD Upstate is to bridge the local community and law enforcement together in the name of appreciation and gratitude.
    • LEAD Upstate provides an opportunity for residents to say thank you to all law enforcement personnel in Greenville County, including Greenville, Greer, Traveler’s Rest, Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn.
    • Our sponsors are honored to host this event and participate by serving breakfast and handing out prizes.
    TATT Chat Recap, December 17, 2020

    TATT Chat Recap, December 17, 2020

    Welcome – Terence Roberts, TATT Chairman

    Year in Review 

    TATT 2020 Overview – Dean Hybl, TATT Executive Director

    Upstate Mobility Alliance – Michael Hildebrand, UMA Director

    Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem – Erin Ouzts, Ecosystem Coordinator

    TATT Initiatives – Justine Allen, TATT Program Manager

    County Updates

    Abbeville – Stephen Taylor, Economic Development Director

    Decrease in ROIs and unemployment hit 13.9% in May but decrease to 4.2% in October

    Marketing focus in 2021 with assistance from Department of Commerce

    Promise Campaign and workforce to be highlighted

    Water study and public transportation study also in 2021

    Oconee – Christine de Vlaming, Marketing Director, Keowee Key

    Real estate is sold out at close to 4,000 residents

    Keowee Key’s model of engaging volunteer professionals includes a videographer with drone capabilities, photographer, landscape designer, and project manager (see presentation during video recording for examples of their work)

    Union – Annie Smith, Marketing & Development Director, USC Union

    USC Union received a 88.2% success rating

    Started a Bachelor of Science/Nursing degree with 16 upper division juniors and 16 upper division seniors on campus this fall

    Granted 100K dollars for upgrades to facilities, including projecting microscopes

    10K grant to stock a student food pantry (large need)

    Athletic department competes in the national junior college league, NJCAA, and has added a women’s volleyball team

    Acquired an old high school gym in Jonesville to be renovated into an indoor training facility which is huge for recruitment (only one in the league)

    Union County has designated many new development regions to attract new families and business

    Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Releases Recommendations

    Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Releases Recommendations

    Following a series of four meetings convened through Ten at the Top (TATT), the Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee has announced a series of recommendations designed to promote collaboration among stakeholders in fostering a culture in the Upstate that respects and values the lives of all officers and residents. To view the list of recommendations, click here.

    The Discovery Committee was originally convened by Terence Roberts, Chairman of the Ten at the Top Board of Directors and the Mayor of the City of Anderson, following a number of highly publicized instances of police force across the country.

    “While our region has been fortunate not to have seen the violence and social unrest that has occurred in other parts of the country, we do recognize that not every Upstate resident feels safe or trusts our law enforcement officers, Roberts said. “We felt with the platform already established by Ten at the Top to be a neutral convener, that we had an opportunity to proactively engage stakeholders across the region around the topic of creating a safer region for all residents.”

    The Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee consisted of more than 50 representatives from local governments, law enforcement, community organizations, faith leaders and Upstate businesses. The committee met virtually four times to discuss opportunities for how to create a united Upstate region where all stakeholders work collaboratively to ensure that we foster a culture that respects and values the lives of our law enforcement officers and all residents.

    As the primary strategy, the Discover Committee recommends the development of a Safer Upstate Steering Committee to represent, support and communicate local efforts to improve relationships between law enforcement and community residents across the region. The Safer Upstate Steering Committee will focus on the following three goals:

    1.  Engage law enforcement officials, community leaders and residents to work together to build healthy working relationships that elevate mutual respect, value cultural differences, and acknowledge the roles and responsibilities that each play in creating safer Upstate Communities.

    2.  Provide regular opportunities for law enforcement and community leaders to convene to proactively discuss community issues and emerging law enforcement topics while exploring approaches that can be implemented across the Upstate Region.

    3.  Enhance public trust by identifying, sharing and implementing best practice approaches for developing a sustainable, healthy relationship between law enforcement officials and the greater Upstate Community.

    The Steering Committee will be under the leadership of co-chairs Sheriff Rick Clark and Stinson Ferguson. Both Upstate natives, Sheriff Clark has been the sheriff of Pickens county since 2013 while Ferguson is Special Counsel for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Greenville.

    More information about the Safer Upstate initiative can be found at Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Safer Upstate Steering Committee is invited to reach out to Justine Allen, TATT Program Manager, at or 864-283-0346.


    Comprised of public, private and civic leaders from across the ten-county Upstate South Carolina Region, Ten at the Top was created to connect and encourage regional collaboration through data-driven research and regular convening of leaders and citizens to address key issues facing the region. Ten at the Top works with regional partners to foster collaboration and strategic planning to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for Upstate residents both today and as the region continues to grow. For more information, visit

    To view the list of recommendations, click here.

    Creating a Safer Upstate Discovery Committee Members

    First Name

    Last Name






    Market Leader, Environmental Planning



    Barnet Development Group




    Greenwood County




    United Way of Anderson County




    Oconee County




    Safe Harbor

    Executive Director



    Pickens County




    Pickens County




    AnMed Health

    Vice President for Advancement



    City of Greer




    SC House




    Urban League of the Upstate

    Interim CEO



    Ripple of One

    Executive Director



    Colliers International

    Market President



    Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd

    Special Counsel



    City of Abbeville




    Office of Congressman William Timmons

    Outreach Director



    Community Works

    Chief Operating Officer



    Senator Scott Office

    Upstate Director



    Upstate Warrior Solution

    Executive Director



    City of Greer

    Police Chief



    Upstate Mobility Alliance

    Director of Inclusion & Diversity



    Oconee County

    Cultural Diversity Director



    Clayton Construction

    Vice President



    City of Inman

    City Administrator


    Hoy Hawkins

    Community Works




    Ten at the Top

    Executive Director



    Harris Flooring America





    Future Product Portfolio Leader



    Greenwood County




    City of Spartanburg

    Assistant City Manager



    Greenville County




    City of Clinton

    Police Chief



    Hubbell Incorporated

    Director of Inclusion & Diversity



    Maddrey & Associates




    City of Anderson

    City Manager



    Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church




    Hispanic Alliance

    Executive Director




    University Center Executive Director



    Laurens County Chamber




    SC Senate




    Greenville Chamber




    Lockhart Power

    Senior Manager



    SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    General Counsel



    City of Anderson




    Marsh & McLennan

    Vice President




    Vice President of Human Resources



    United Way of the Piedmont




    City of Anderson

    Police Chief



    City of Union




    City of Spartanburg

    Police Chief



    Upstate Warrior Solution

    Deputy Director



    Greenville Tech

    Associate Vice President



    Clemson University

    Deputy Campus Police Chief