Greenville Police Chief to Retire

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After 29 years in law enforcement, J.H. “Howie” Thompson announced his retirement effective June 30, 2023.

Thompson began his career at the Mauldin Police Department, but has spent the past 26 years with Greenville Police. “I’ve had a great career, I’ve done everything I wanted to do,” Thompson said, “including working vice and narcotics units and commanding SWAT.”

Thompson says what stands out most is the people, “I’m proud of the dedicated and professional officers and administrative staff that strive to keep Greenville safe. In 2022, the City of Greenville recorded the lowest number of violent crimes in a decade. This is a direct reflection of the teamwork among officers and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies.”

City Manager John McDonough said, “I have enjoyed working closely with Chief Thompson. He is reliable, professional and a good sounding board for me and other members of senior leadership. I appreciate his hard work, commitment, and dedication. I wish him and his family the best as he begins his next chapter.”

Thompson says policing has evolved and progressed in positive ways throughout his career. Officers are encouraged to maintain a professional demeanor, be thorough in their investigations, listen carefully, and assist victims and their families with follow up care.

“I am proud of the relationships we have built with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, non-profits, neighborhood leaders and our citizens. Its personal relationships that prevent crime, promote safety and enhance quality of life,” Thompson said.

Written by the City of Greenville.