Greeneville PD affords ‘Protected Trade Zone’ for purchases, custody swaps | WJHL

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Greeneville Police Department (GPD) has created a new space to safely buy and sell items or conduct child custody exchanges.

Photo: A map depicting the location of the Greeneville Police Department’s “Safe Exchange Zone.”

A release from the GPD states that its “Safe Exchange Zone” is located at the police department at 200 N College Street and is in a well-lit spot under video surveillance.

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According to the GPD, the purpose of the safe zone is to remove some of the potential danger that accompanies people meeting to conduct internet purchases.

“Usually, there is a potential danger for people to meet and exchange goods for money. Each person is assuming a risk of robbery and/or assault,” the release states.

In addition, the department hopes the space will be used by guardians as a place for child custody exchanges.

“Earlier this year in a nearby town, three people lost their lives at what was described as a child-custody exchange,” the release states.

The GPD reminds anyone intending to use the space that while it is intended to add a level of security, people should still exercise caution during these exchanges and call 911 if they have concerns about violence.

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