Crime Prevention Officer
Meet Madeline M. Sloan, Crime Prevention Officer
On behalf of the Department of Public Safety, I would like to formally introduce myself as the newly appointed Crime Prevention Officer. Through this role, it is my mission to protect, educate, and serve the College of Charleston by sustaining a safe environment and enhancing communication between Public Safety and the campus community. I will be sending bi-weekly emails to the faculty and staff to keep everyone up to speed on safety tips, departmental news, and much more.
I will start off by telling you a little about myself. Born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I currently find myself a long way from home. I attended York College where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. I was a member of the women’s basketball team, making two NCAA tournament appearances, including the Sweet Sixteen. A bulk of my senior year was spent immersed in field research at various law enforcement agencies for my senior thesis, which was later published in the Virginia Social Sciences Journal. After graduating, I relocated to Charleston in July 2013 when I was hired by CofC as a Public Safety Officer. My first few months as a South Carolinian were spent in Columbia at the police academy. After twelve long weeks of marching, shooting, and not-so-decadent cuisine, I received the J.P. Strom Award, an accolade given to the graduate with the highest cumulative GPA in the class.
Since returning to campus, I have been working on several different projects. Public Safety recently sent every officer to Safe Zone Training. After learning of the need for a partnership, I volunteered to serve as a liaison between Public Safety and the Safe Zone Program. In August, I will be attending training to become a R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor. This is a class offered to women to teach basic self-defense techniques. There will be several classes held on campus next year. In addition, I am working diligently with another officer on bringing a mobile safety app to campus. This is still in the works, but we are very excited to get it launched! Most recently, I had the opportunity to attend the LeaderShape Conference as a facilitator with 60 of our students. The week was truly a life changing experience. Working so closely with the students quickly reminded me of why I was drawn to campus law enforcement. Lastly, in an effort to increase communication and awareness among the community, I recently created a Public Safety Twitter and Facebook page. We need your help to get the word out, and would greatly appreciate your support by following us on social media.
Although summer is generally a quiet time on campus, the Public Safety Department has been quite busy. We have just added the “Ask an Officer” page to our website. This feature allows anyone to ask a question (even anonymously) to one of our Public Safety Officers. Additionally, our website will soon include Crime Mapping, which we are hoping to launch any day now. This enables the user to select any location on campus and see the history of certain incidents that occurred there over the past seven years. Stay tuned as we continue to upgrade our webpage!
Now that I wear the hat as a Crime Prevention Officer, I encourage your active participation to make the College of Charleston a safer place for all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If there is an area where Public Safety is lacking, or if you see a safety issue on campus, I urge you to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, and I look forward to serving as your Crime Prevention Officer.
Take care and be safe,
PSO Madeline M. Sloan
Department of Public Safety
Division of Student Affairs
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424