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Dan Reynolds was appointed the City of Greer's Chief of Police in February of 2005 after serving for more than 30 years with the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department. A strong advocate of community oriented policing and problem solving, he has forged strong partnerships between Greer neighborhoods and his department. Chief Reynolds also participates on several boards and advisory groups in the community.
Chief Reynolds grew up in a U.S. Navy family and lived in many different areas of the country before his family finally settled on a small farm in Virginia Beach, Va.. He graduated in 1966 from Floyd E. Kellam High School, joined the U.S. Army that June, and was commissioned in 1967 after graduating from Artillery OCS at Ft. Sill, Okla.
He left the Army with the rank of captain in 1972 to join the Savannah Police Department, where he worked numerous assignments and eventually rose to the rank of Deputy Chief. He spent most of his career in investigations and facilitated the implementation of Community Oriented Policing (COP) and Problem Oriented Policing (POP) in the department. He attended Class 136 of the FBI Academy in 1984.
In 2002, when the Savannah Police Department merged with the Chatham County Police Department to form the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, Reynolds was appointed to head criminal investigations. While in Savannah, he also worked as a part-time training consultant in the areas of POP and COP for the Police Executive Research Forum, the League of Cities, the National Institute of Justice, and several state agencies in Georgia.
Chief Reynolds earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in criminal justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he later taught undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice. He earned an M.P.A. from Columbus State College after graduating from the Georgia Command College in 2004.