Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 5215 Reynolds leaves his mark on the GPD Dan Reynolds made community oriented policing a key part of the Greer Police Department’s mission. Shortly after taking over as the City of Greer’s Po- lice Chief in 2005, Dan Reynolds issued a challenge to his command staff. “I told them that when I leave here, there’s no rea- son that one of them shouldn’t be prepared to take over,” Reynolds recalled. “That was a goal of mine and, I think, a goal of theirs. We all worked at it and finally accom- plished it.” In the dozen years between that challenge and see- ing it become a reality when Capt. Matt Hamby was named to take over the department when Reynolds re- tires at the end of March, Reynolds focused simply on putting the best people in the right positions and giving them the resources to do their jobs. The result is evident in the quality of the depart- ment Reynolds will leave behind. “I’m most proud of the people. I look at my staff today that has accomplished so much in terms of edu- cation and training,” he said. “They’re very sharp indi- viduals and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them – not just the command staff but also those out on the street exposing themselves to dangers every day. They’re very dedicated people.” Dedication is a word Reynolds, 68, also uses to de- scribe the Greer community. An advocate of Communi- ty Oriented Policing (COP), he has been diligent about sharing the message that “policing is a partnership.” “For most chiefs, the average length of service is three to five years. It’s often a very tenuous position. Here the community supports the police and local government, and we make a strong effort to be close to the community. The number of community outreach programs we have here exceeds the number at nearly any departments. We want to be close to the community. It’s a long journey to reach your goal and we’re still working toward it. It’s one of those goals that perhaps you never really achieve. It takes a lot of work for officers to fight the images of police in the news media and social media.” Reynolds advanced to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army before leaving in 1972 to pursue his law enforce- ment career. He spent three decades with the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department before coming to Greer. He and his wife, Dawn will retire in Bluffton where they will be closer to family. That realization tempers the feelings he knows he will have on March 31 when he turns in his badge. “It’ll be a sad moment for me. I’ve been doing this for 45 years,” he said. “It’s like a pro athlete who loves the sport but you have to know when to give it up. I just decided it’s time and I need to spend more time with my family. I’ll do some volunteer work, I’ll teach and I’ll play golf.”