Charleston Police Department awarded more than $1.25 million in grants to hire more officers

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.

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