The Charleston Police Department will hire more police officers thanks to three grants intended to reduce violence in the city.
The three grants, totaling more than $1.27 million will allow the department to hire 10 more officers and enhance their violence-reduction initiatives.
The biggest grant, for $1 million, will expand the department’s Community Action Team, which supports problem-solving, community building and crime reduction in certain areas of the city that face long-term crime issues.
The second grant, for $227,950, will be used to hire two more DUI enforcement officers.
The third grant, for $42,097 will help expand the department’s Friday Night Lights program.