ELEVATING COMMUNITIES. ENHANCING LIVES.
 

Paul Guy’s mission is to inspire the citizens of Greenville County and the Sheriff’s deputies to work hand-in-hand with trust to create a healthy community. In order to accomplish this, Guy believes these four actionable values must be at the forefront of every decision:

HOLD ONE ANOTHER ACCOUNTABLE.
BE TRANSPARENT.
TREAT EVERYONE FAIRLY.
LISTEN.
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Paul Guy's Bio

As a 20 year veteran of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Paul has always strived to get things done, bring people together, and improve the lives of those around him. His goal is to be The People’s Sheriff by enabling citizens and deputies to work together to create a community built on trust. In order to achieve this, he will base all his actions and decisions around his four primary values; accountability, transparency, fairness, and openness.

Values

HOLD ONE ANOTHER ACCOUNTABLE.

As co-negotiator in the 1998 Greenville County dispute with Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies regarding wages, salaries and insurance, Paul was able to settle the dispute and prevent the unionization of law enforcement in upstate. The settlement, based on mutual accountability, has proved so effective that there has not been a similar dispute since. As Sheriff, Paul will hold all sides accountable and will make sure that everyone takes responsibility for their actions.

TREAT EVERYONE FAIRLY.

Throughout his career, Paul has implemented strategies that have defined violence as a health issue and not a law enforcement issue, leading to an understanding that locking up our youth is not the solution for our community. These actions highlight Paul’s ability to find ways to prevent problems before they occur in order to give all youth a fair chance to succeed in life. Paul will lead as Sheriff in this same way—he will train his police force to have social awareness so that decisions will be made based on what will uplift our citizens in order to help our community thrive.

LISTEN.

By creating Race Matters, a local coalition of community non-profits, Paul Guy has demonstrated that he wants to aid positive change in our community by listening to the voices of everyone and taking everyone’s concerns seriously. By bringing together local universities, major hospital systems and groups like the YWCA and Black Women in Leadership, he has influenced race relations in Greenville County and utilized various viewpoints to bring positive development. As Sheriff, Paul will use this same openness to all sides and a willingness to accept change that will benefit all citizens and ultimately unite and elevate our community.

BE TRANSPARENT.

While working in the Sheriff’s office, Paul Guy dismantled over 200 local, state and national narcotic organizations. While doing so, he wrote a manual clarifying investigative and tactical procedures of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. As Sheriff, Paul will create a Citizen Review Board that will evaluate accountability, transparency, and encourage trust. Transparency both within the GCSO and between the GCSO and the community, will translate to a community that can trust their deputies are always doing the right thing. Citizens will know that the Sheriff’s Office, as guardians of the people, has the citizens’ best interest at heart and their primary goal is public safety.

Platform

Platform

Approach

Intelligence-Led Policing: Changing the Narrative in Greenville County

Our sheriff's office has many programs that it refers to as "community policing," but what it has historically lacked—and continues to lack with no proposals being advanced—is a policing strategy that unifies and directs key operational components to achieve and surpass identified reductions in crime and disorder. In sum: direction and accountability. We have incident response driven policing with a veneer of community policing: a model well past its prime despite the hard work of many to make it work.

Community policing is touted by many, but it is not a strategy. Ask a group of police executives to define it, and each will give you a different definition. For example, many consider community policing to be an ethical approach to policing framed around transparency, accountability, citizens as partners, and decentralized management. By itself, community policing, when done properly, will build trust with the police and provide legitimacy to the police, but it cannot reduce crime and disorder without being coupled with a policing strategy.

Paul Guy has a two-pronged approach. He will use community policing to establish trust, transparency, accountability, and relationships; and he will use intelligence-led policing to effect targeted reductions in crime and disorder by seizing illegal guns, targeting career offenders, and dismantling gangs and human trafficking networks.

Foot patrols, bike patrols, and police substations are disconnected—and possibly ineffective—activities in the absence of a unifying strategy. They are tactics not strategy. What the sheriff's office has is a fragmented structure split up among too many managers. The efficient and effective policing demanded by taxpayers requires police executives to implement a strategy that solves problems through coordinated planning. To do that, police executives need data and analysis of that data—they need an intelligence-led policing strategy.  

Missing among the many activities of the sheriff's office is a streamlined leadership structure that unifies operations under an intelligence-led policing model. Intelligence-led policing is a problem-solving framework that uses data and rigorous analysis of that data to inform strategic planning and tactical deployment. Intelligence-led policing is a continuous process of leadership accountability for the prevention and reduction of crime and disorder. Leaders set objectives informed by analysis, and then motivate and unify the entire workforce to meet those objectives.

Intelligence-led policing necessarily demands collaborative partnerships across all branches within an agency, and interconnections with all neighboring policing agencies. Unlike community policing, it relies on centralization for efficiency and effectiveness, but it identifies and addresses problems within a community partnership. In sum, better-informed decisions based on evidence.

Intelligence-led policing simplifies the effective use of community policing resources through rigorous analysis and disciplined application. Police agencies—to include our sheriff's office—have long conducted crime analysis (data derived from crimes and incidents). Typically, they use that data to identify "hot spots" for intensive patrol, or pattern analysis of a series of incidents; however, intelligence analysis achieves a comprehensive operational framework that informs long-term planning, as well as the near-term use of resources.

A comprehensive operational framework of intelligence-led policing leads to a collaborative structure that unifies all components of a police agency in the concerted application of police resources:  patrol officers, detectives, community action officers, and analysts work as a team outside the silos of their organizational chart. Police executives are held responsible for finding solutions and building teams within the department, and with other police agencies, nonprofits, private businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies.

Intelligence-led policing will be implemented with the participation of the Deputies Advisory Committee, senior executives, and selected representatives of the community. Implementation will have three key initiatives: (a) an executive leadership team trained in the rigors of crime intelligence, (b) implementation of a comprehensive knowledge management program, and (c) the establishment of an Office of Strategic and Operational Intelligence directly accountable to the sheriff, undersheriff, and captains. This office will be initially staffed with four to five accredited criminal intelligence analysts who  will have access to all data and will be empowered to establish relationships outside the sheriff's office that facilitate the most inclusive and accurate intelligence. Officers, detectives, and analysts will combine teams to form one team in a joint strategy that reduces specified crimes and removes identified career criminals.

Testimonials

Meredith Manley

First Christian Baptist Church Member

Paul’s dedication to the youth of the community is something that makes my heart sing. Watching him work with our youth and seeing how much he loves to do it is inspiring.

Judy Isler

First Christian Baptist Church Member

Paul Guy is a leader of the people. He knows that guiding the young people in our community and teaching them to solve problems without violence is the key to a safer, more productive, and healthier community.

Hayden Brewer

Local Small Business Owner

Paul has dedicated his life to making our community a wonderful place where children can learn, grow, and thrive. His goal is to ensure that our community is a safe environment where all of these positive things can happen.

Rodney Brewer

First Christian Baptist Church Member

Paul is a great businessman and has had a long career in law enforcement. He is a fair and open-minded man who looks out for everyone no matter their background or race. Greenville County would be lucky to have him as Sheriff.

Endorsements

Timothy Forrestall

As Paul's many awards and investigative accomplishments demonstrate, Paul is an experienced and instinctive investigator with an intuitive awareness of the street. No other candidate has been recognized for investigative accomplishments at Paul's level. Paul has unsurpassed experience and a strategy. Both points warrant careful thought by every citizen. I encourage all of us to consider Paul's plan for creating public value for our families going forward. I also invite those who want to understand the shoes Paul has walked in to call him.

Paul asked for my assistance in November, 2019. Prior to that, we did not know each other. After we spoke for about twenty minutes, I told Paul, "Well, if you want to know where I stand on policing, read my June 8th op-ed in the Greenville News." Paul replied, "I did, that's why I'm calling." We have since discussed his platform in detail, and I have probed him and his message. We discussed, in detail, the many complex drug trafficking organizations that his squad successfully dismantled, his awards for those investigations, and the contentious issues that arose as the investigations became increasingly sensitive—as vice investigations often do. Paul's most notable take-away from his work is the importance of intelligence-led investigations and joint operations.

Since separating from the sheriff's office, Paul has worked with nonprofits to change the lives of youths through his youth conflict-resolution initiative. This initiative uses accredited methods to teach negotiation and conflict resolution to youths who live in environments where violence is never far away.

Most notable about Paul: he has direction, he listens, and he is empathic. I have found those around him to be smart, good, and principled people. Other candidates have agreed that "something has to be done about youth violence," and then offered clichéd ideas. Paul has been a positive force for change in that arena for years. He is not speculating—he is doing. Paul knows which drugs pervade which high school. He knows which gangs control this county, and he knows their operations. He is an investigator.

Paul has a compelling vision and a true policing strategy: he will use community policing to establish trust, transparency, accountability, and relationships, and he will use intelligence-led policing to unify and direct resources against illegal guns, career criminals, gangs, and human trafficking. He convinced me that intelligence-led policing is the way forward. Paul was the first candidate in either the 2016 election or the current special election to define a strategy. Others have made vague references to hiring more deputies, reorganizations, and decreased response times—all of which have been tried and failed. The sheriff's office has 40 vacancies; do not assume that will change anytime soon, no matter who is elected. Paul doesn't. Paul's intelligence-led strategy will unify and simplify the objectives of the sheriff's office. Paul also grasps the urgent need for freeing deputies from certain report-taking functions and for using innovative ideas to expand community involvement in policing with community service officers. Paul will simplify the sheriff's office's sprawling structure and bring about—most importantly—accountability. He will implement a deputies' advisory committee that reports to him—long overdue.

Allusions to community policing have been made by many—apparently without knowing that community policing is not a crime reduction strategy—but Paul, from the outset, has been advancing a two-tiered strategy of a crime and disorder reduction built around the precepts of community policing (the way it should be done). Bike patrols, foot patrols, and substations are disconnected tactics without a unifying strategy.

Paul will institute the sheriff's first ever Office of Strategic and Operational Intelligence, and he will staff it with accredited criminal-intelligence analysts and officers. Paul's way forward will transform the elementary crime analysis being done today into criminal intelligence available to all agencies in Greenville County.

Paul is not a partisan liberal or conservative. Paul will unite policing agencies with nonprofits, schools, private businesses, government officials, and social service agencies to create public value in our community through intelligence-led policing. Our community will have a voice in shaping the strategic direction of our sheriff's office. Paul will motivate the officers of the sheriff's office by the one tried and true method that speaks to all cops: he will hold himself and everyone else accountable to the same code of behavior, and for meeting targeted reductions in crime and disorder through clearly defined objectives. Let's use our resources to solve problems through policing, not law enforcement. I can easily support Paul and his objectives.

Timothy Forrestall,
Former police officer and retired federal special agent

Calendar of Events

4
JANUARY

11:30am - 1:30pm
Candidate Forum
Staunton Bridge Community Center
Public Event

15
JANUARY

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Town Hall Meeting
Hughes Main Library
Public Event

16
JANUARY

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Campaign Kickoff
Private Event

20
JANUARY

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Town Hall Meeting
Private Event

25
JANUARY

8:30pm – 9:00pm
Democratic Party Breakfast
Private Event

4
FEBRUARY

12:30pm - 1:00pm
Realtors of Greenville
General Election

10
MARCH

Greenville County Sheriff
General Election

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