North Charleston police reveal plan to use new funding to fight crime

North Charleston police reveal plan to use new funding to fight crime

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston City leaders are revealing how they will put nearly $300,000 in state funding to use to lower the city's crime rate.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said he was excited about the funding.

A large portion of the money will pay for 115 body cameras for North Charleston police, Driggers said.

State Senator Marlon Kimpson helped secure the funding for the body cameras.

"We know that body cameras is the best form of  evidence, best form of evidence," Kimpson said. "It will expose true criminals and law enforcement who break the rules."

The remainder will go toward other initiatives like CAPS, the Cops Athletics League, which tries to keep youth away from crime; and STAND, which stands for "Steps Toward a New Direction," which targets people with a criminal history to help them move forward.

Driggers also announced the "Be Safe Be Seen" program, which asks people to wear reflective bands to make sure they are seen at night.

Kimpson said that money also will help the department build trust in high crime areas.

"I think what we have is, we have a crisis," Kimpson said.

That funding comes from an agreement passed in the state senate during last year's budget debate for 2015. The Charleston delegation was able to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto, Kimpson said.

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