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Keeping Us Safe…and Warm by Providing Coats to Those in Need

Beginning on Nov. 23, the Greenville County Sheriff’s office will add a new element to their daily patrols.  The deputies will be carrying winter coats that can be given to individuals and families who need protection from the cold weather.  The coats will be stored in the officers’ vehicles and made available whenever a deputy recognizes a need.

This is a project of C3, a community action team of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative.  The group was tasked with developing a project that builds community and strengthens relationships among diverse stakeholders. 

From Nov. 9-20, the DLI team is asking all citizens of Greenville County to donate new or gently used coats to the Salvation Army  at 417 Rutherford Street in Greenville. 

Collaborators in the project include; The Salvation Army, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Health System, Michelin North America, Inc. and Furman University. 

Law enforcement professionals diligently protect and serve our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  In this capacity, law enforcement is positioned to see the real life challenges facing many in our community that often go unnoticed. There’s one particular challenge that law enforcement has seen and is now stepping up to serve.  There are residents of our community that don’t have access to proper winter outerwear—coats.  The core of law enforcement’s mission is to protect and serve, and it’s with this in mind that the Community, Coats and Cops initiative was formed. 


" The Greenville County Sheriff's Office exists to both protect and serve our county everyday. I can't see a better way than to meet an unspoken need during a time of crisis. When citizens call for us to resolve their problems or relieve their fears, the last thing they need to worry about is staying warm in the midst of it all."

"This year, we are excited to participate in something that can so positively impact others. We as deputies love our Greenville community and have vowed to serve and protect them, no matter the cost.  With the promise of the chill of the winter, we embrace the opportunity to provide a coat, some words of encouragement, and most importantly to establish a trust between us. Our goal is that those we serve will know that when they call, we will be there when they need us – to keep them safe…and warm." - Lt. Ty Miller


If you know an individual or family in need of a coat, or for more information on the Community, Coats and Cops initiative, please contact Lt. Ty Miller at pio@gcso.org