Before community policing became popular, former Greenville Police Chief Harold Jennings knew the importance of good police-community relations. Jennings, whose 41-year law enforcement career included 15 years in the 1970s and 80s as Greenville’s top law enforcement officer, died Thursday at the age of 94.

“As police chief, he both embodies and inspired teamwork and professionalism in his department and he cared deeply about his officers and their families,” Greenville Mayor Knox White said in a statement. “Chief Jennings was a major law enforcement figure over many decades in this area and while Greenville has lost a giant, the Harold C. Jennings Foundation will sustain his memory and continue the ensure the long reach of his legacy.”

The Harold C. Jennings Foundation was formed in 1977 to give scholarships to children of police officers. Since its formation, the foundation granted 431 scholarships totaling $754,243.

Jennings was a Navy veteran.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Harold Jennings (far left) with new Greenville Police officers in an undated photo.
Harold Jennings (far left) with new Greenville Police officers in an undated photo.
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