New fund created to help Charleston police

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston police are getting some help in their battle against crime.

Mayor Joe Riley and Police Chief Gregory Mullen are joining officials of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina on Wednesday to announce the creation of the Charleston Police Fund.

The money from the fund will be used for programs to improve officer development and for equipment that would not generally be available through ordinary operating funds.

The Coastal Community Foundation is a nonprofit foundation operating in eight Lowcountry counties. It began in 1974 with $9,000 and now administers 570 funds with $150 million in assets.

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