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Former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden shakes hands with members of his staff before his final press conference Monday morning. Chief Aden announced last month that he would be leaving the department after two years.(Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden shakes hands with members of his staff before his final press conference Monday morning. Chief Aden announced last month that he would be leaving the department after two years.(Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Community gets credit

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Lower crime rates are no accident, as former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden said while bidding the city farewell on Monday. The drop in crime is no surprise, either. It became clear early in Hassan’s short tenure here that the policing strategies he brought to Greenville were going to make a difference.

Credit Aden, also, for recognizing that the biggest player in the success with crime reduction is not the chief or even the police department, but the community.

“It’s not just the police doing this,” he said. “It’s the community coming out and not accepting these rates, not accepting the fact that homicides and shootings were simply the way it was.”

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