- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is one of four locations nationwide to receive grant money aimed at helping in the fight against domestic violence.

Local media outlets report the county has received nearly $500,000 which is designed to curb domestic violence homicides.

Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Guard told a news conference on Tuesday that the money will help multiply the number of specialists in the field to assist victims and thus save lives.

Grants were also awarded to Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Contra Costa County, California; and the Borough of Brooklyn in New York. The four areas will test different models and approaches that may be implemented in other areas of the U.S.

Last year, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office received a $200,000 grant to work on domestic violence prevention tactics.

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