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Kim Miller came to Greenville in the fall of two thousand and fourteen to become Greenville's twenty-six police chief he came via Charlotte Mecklenburg in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is really known for community policing. He believes that the community should be Imbaba. He was quoted in the Greenwood news that first week on the job is saying my role in managing the police department is making sure we're meeting the needs of the community were part of a community not apart from them. And chief welcome in your truly. I believe that you blew that believe that that your men and women need to be out on the streets and becoming a part of the community in which they serve it will. Thank you Joey for having me on your program. I I do believe that. And I believe also that the safest communities are the ones where police and community are working together to ensure that everybody is safe that we're all taking our part in ensuring that we're not gonna be victimized. And that our neighbors won't be victimized. So working you have to work in collaboration with the community and an number of service providers and businesses throughout our community do that. I'm glad to say in the coming weeks. We're going to be visited by the teeth. We're calling it. We're gonna call it a minute with Miller. But then we realized that there's not a such thing as just a minute with Miller. It's going to be minutes with a Meller because we we have lots to talk about chief. And we we got a little intro here for you. I'm police chief can. You'll be checking in weekly with chief Miller. So let's just jump in here. Like so many areas. One of the things that we're seeing here in the upstate and, unfortunately, it's one of the things at the upstate lease estate in as I understand is the impact of Opio at the opioid crisis. We hear a lot about this. But give us a thirty thousand foot view of what the opioid crisis looks like here in in Greenville. And what that means. Yeah. So Jerry, we we struggle between our county and the coastal counties with with the opioid crisis mostly for South Carolina and here in the upstate. We have a dubious distinction of actually having the most opiate overdose reversals in the state. We are the most populous county, and we have the most reversals and not the highest overdose fatal rate or. Metality rate for the state because we are quipped EMS fire personnel and police and sheriff's personnel are quipped with a life saving drug naloxone. And so we've administered that seven hundred ten times actually, more than seven hundred ten times between the three first responders to to really reverse the effects and safe people. And we have in fact, saved many many people from from dying from overdose here in in Greenville county now that seven hundred plus over what period of time is that's just that's just twenty eighteen while. Yeah. Well, his twenty eighteen when you look at this and just at the national level in two thousand sixteen there were sixty two thousand four hundred ninety seven fatal overdose related to opioids heroin and fennel and largely fennel in two thousand seventeen that increased to seventy thousand two hundred thirty seven so we're still on the upswing with his. Pedantic? And if you put that in comparison anything put it an all Vietnam, they were fifty eight thousand two hundred twenty casualties. And so in two years alone. We've more than doubled. The casualty rate the ten plus years of Vietnam war. So so what what's the answer? So there are you know, there are a lot of there are a lot of things we can do. But I will tell you that we need to change behavior. And that behavior begins from the far pharmaceutical companies through our physicians that are prescribing how we manage prescriptions, but we have to focus and this what we do in policing. When we look at problems that are affecting our community. We we look at prevention intervention and enforcement a lot of folks, you know, enforcement is kind of our lane, but we find ourselves in in into the prevention and intervention partnerships because they're so important to to our communities because if all we do is enforcement, we basically criminalize most behavior and and criminalize our