MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - $1.25 million will be awarded to the City of Myrtle Beach to create 10 law enforcement positions, according to a release from the US Department of Justice and Officer of Community Oriented Policing Service.
Grantees for the 2014 hiring program were selected based on their fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans, according to the release. The program provides salaries, benefits and grants for law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire police officers for three years.
"The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues," said Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office. "Funding from this year's program will allow many cities and counties to apply new sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime, and school safety."
COPS has awarded over $14 billion since 1995 to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers in 13,000 law enforcement agencies.
For the entire list of grantees and additional information about the 2014 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website by clicking here.