The City of Charleston Police Department has won a $500,000 grant to fund four school resource officers.

The grant, part of nearly $2 million awarded in South Carolina, was announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

In addition, the City of Charleston was awarded a COPS grant in the amount of $42,097 for its Community-Based Violence Prevention Initiative.

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for three years.

For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at