COLUMBIA, S.C. — The US Department of Justice has awarded $139 million grant nationwide through the department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP) for local communities to hire law enforcement personnel. In South Carolina, just over $1.4 million was awarded to three communities.
CHP is a competitive award program intended to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new career law enforcement officers.
In South Carolina, the three communities receiving funds are:
- City of North Myrtle Beach, $750,000 to hire 6 officers
- Williamsburg County, $422,804 to hire 3 officers
- Town of Yemassee, $229,782 to hire 2 officers
The COPS Office was established in 1994 to be the resource agency for law enforcement grant funding, training and technical assistance for communities nationwide in their attempt to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served.