Public Safety Personnel
The Department of Public Safety is comprised of fifty-eight dedicated men and women as well as numerous volunteers who are well prepared for the challenges of policing an urban campus. Thirty are sworn law enforcement officers, certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy as South Carolina state constables, and as such have full power of arrest. In addition, they receive all state-mandated training in order to remain certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
The Department of Public Safety is organized into four units:
Get to know the hard-working individuals who serve the College of Charleston community.
Public Safety and EMS Personnel
Col. Robert S. Reese
Chief of Police, Fire, and EMS
Deputy Chief of Police
Public Safety Officers, Administration, Investigations
Captain Oneida Banks
Operation Support Services Commander/Interim Operation Services Commander
Operation Services Commander
Assistant Director of Fiscal and Administrative Services
PSO Gary Kirkendall
PSO Lashay Jones
Administrative Specialist II
Director, Physical Security
The College of Charleston campus and surrounding areas are patrolled twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by certified Campus Police officers. Patrol officer assignments each day are divided into two twelve-hour shifts, each shift supervised by a sergeant. Patrol is conducted on foot, on bicycles and in vehicles. The high visibility and mobility of these officers is an integral part of our community policing efforts. Beyond enforcing local and state laws, these officers are available to take information, file incident reports, conduct preliminary investigations, assist with automobile lockouts and jump starts, secure and unlock buildings, provide security at sports and social functions, provide security escorts, and assist local law enforcement jurisdictions.
College of Charleston State Security Officers are trained to staff the residence halls and library and can also provide physical security support suring special events. These officers provide internal security and liaison support for our patrol officers.
All criminal offenses and suspicious incidents occurring on the College of Charleston campus are sent to our Investigations Unit. Investigators within this unit identify, collect and preserve physical evidence, prepare warrants, work in concert with other law enforcement agencies, prepare for and attend grand jury presentations, apprehend/arrest perpetrators and maintain ongoing case files until disposition has occurred. The Operations Support Services Commander serves as Unit Supervisor.
For more information, contact Chief Robert Reese or call 843.953.2468.
The Communications Center is staffed by National Crime Information Center certified telecommunicators. An 800mhz Campus Police Communications System allows continuous contact with all officers as well as all local law enforcement agencies. A computer aided dispatch system allows our telecommunicators to track the location of all officers on patrol, immediately assign case numbers and input initial time/location information essential for initiating and processing incident reports. Our Communications Center operates 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. It is staffed with four communications specialists who are supervised by a communications coordinator. There are currently two vacancies for employment.