More than $2 million heading to local police departments

More than $2 million heading to local police departments

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than $2 million is heading to local police departments.

The grant by the US Department of Justice is to hire more officers to protect your child's school and reduce violence.

The city of North Charleston will be given over $1.8 million. While the Town of Summerville will receive $500,000.

All together South Carolina will be awarded over $2.8 million through the COPS hiring program.

"The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues," said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. "These grants are not simply about putting more officers on the street, they are about expanding the capacity of law enforcement agencies to engage in community policing."

CHP provides grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

"The COPS Grants are a terrific use of federal tax dollars," said U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles."Community policing is one of the building blocks of safe streets and strong communities."

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