- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina police departments are receiving almost $3 million to bolster local community policing efforts.

Local media outlets report that the largest grant from the Department of Justice is going to North Charleston, nearly $2 million. The grant comes after the April shooting of a black man focused national attention on the department.

Summerville is receiving $500,000 from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program. It’s part of $107 million being distributed nationwide.

Other South Carolina communities receiving money are Darlington, Hartsville, Yemassee and York.

The applicants were asked to describe how their police would use money to build trust with their communities and boost school resource officer programs.

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