Camden, SC (WLTX) - The Camden Police Department will be welcoming two new officers focused solely on community development and engagement.

“We want to know what's important to people and we want to make sure people understand what we're here to do that we serve them,” Lieutenant Penny Lloyd with the Camden Police Department.

Lloyd applied for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office Grant on behalf of the department. The department was awarded the grant and city council approved it Tuesday night.

They will be receiving more than $200,000 for two new officers over the next four years.

“For getting people out into the community, meeting people, finding out what's going on,” Lloyd explained of the position. “Helping us to get to know everybody and see what their concerns are.”

Lloyd said the department has had a COPS officer before. She says she is excited that such a small department is being given the opportunity to have two.

The officers say it’s especially needed in light of several incidents between law enforcement and civilians that have gotten national attention.

“We want to take opportunities to help them solve problems, help our citizens solve problems, before something gets out of hand, before there’s a decision made that affects their life,” Lloyd said. “So to have these two positions in this day and age, it just helps us keep in touch with our people that’s what we wanted to do, that’s what we aim to do.”

They are hoping to have the two new officers by January.

Chief Joe Floyd said they are hoping to hire two military veterans for the positions.