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Berkeley County hiring 8 new deputies to cover high-crime areas thanks to $1M DOJ grant

Berkeley County Sheriff's Office/File

More law enforcement is coming to Berkeley County.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced Monday plans to hire eight new deputies to help better patrol the Sangaree, Tall Pines, College Park, Pineshadow Drive, Harbour Lake Drive, and Rutt Lane areas.

BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cochran says deputies respond to a high number of calls in these areas.

The sheriff's office will pay the new deputies' salary with its share of $98.4 million in federal grant funding from the Dept. of Justice. Attorney General Jeff Sessions awarded the grant Monday to law enforcement agencies around the country to hire community policing officers.

Berkeley County's share of the grant will be $1 million.

The funding will go through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program, the same agency that North Charleston Police asked to perform an audit of its policies after the shooting of Walter Scott by former NCPD officer Michael Slager.

The grant will allow agencies nationdwide to hire 802 full-time law enforcement officers. The goal is to help agencies address specific crime problems.

Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis credits Senator Lindsey Graham with helping secure the grant.

Berkeley County is the only law enforcement agency in South Carolina to receive funding through the grant.





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