A grant will be bringing more officers to Spartanburg schools and streets.
Spartanburg and other South Carolina communities received grants for law enforcement and school safety officers, the U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced on Friday.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office received grants for 10 officers and about $1 million in funding and the Spartanburg Department of Public Safety received a grant for one officer and $109,286 in funding, Nettles said.
"In the wake of past tragedies, it's clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. "These critical investments represent the Justice Department's latest effort to strengthen key law enforcement capabilities, and to provide communities with the resources they need to protect our young people. Especially in a time of increased challenges and limited budgets, our top priority must always be the safety and well-being of our children."
COPS has funded awards for 263 cities and counties, Nettles said in a release. He said COPS will award more than $125 million nationally, including $45 million for school resource officers. The awards will fund 356 new school resource officers.
"This is but one example of federal government funds making South Carolinian's lives better. These grants will put 20 officers in our schools and on our streets. The dividend on this social infrastructure investment by the federal government will be an improved quality of life in these communities," said Bill Nettles.
In other parts of the state, the Charleston Police Department will be awarded $500,000 for four officers, The City of Hardeeville will be awarded $125,000 for one officer, The County of Richland will be awarded $500,000 for four officers.
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