Department of Public Safety

The College’s nationally accredited Department of Public Safety is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Our public safety personnel provide crime prevention, event management and police services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It is important to remember at all times that the College of Charleston is located in an urban setting, and that the campus blends seamlessly with the city neighborhoods around it. While reported crime at the College is low, we must all take responsibility for our own personal safety by practicing good crime-prevention habits.

The information on our website will help you learn what to do in an emergency, show you how to avoid becoming the victim of a crime, and help you to understand your role and responsibilities as a member of the College of Charleston community.

DISCLAIMER: Individuals must use their own best judgment and discretion in the event of an actual emergency. Any and all information provided by the College addresses current general practices for basic categories of events only. No representations or warranties of any kind are made regarding the reliability or suitability of any information provided herein, for any specific event or occurrence.  

Latest Public Safety News

CofC DPS stands with CPD Chief Reynolds
Posted on 25 November 2021 | 6:15 am
Today, DC Broughton and Chief Searson, along with several others, stood in support of CPD Chief Luther Reynolds as he enters his 2nd round of chemotherapy in his battle with cancer. In preparation for this, the Chief shaved his head, and afterwards, shared his feelings for others fighting cancer and the impacts this disease has […]
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CofC DPS participates in Cops on the Coop and The Law Enforcement Torch Run
Posted on 8 October 2021 | 7:35 pm
In support of The Special Olympics, today members of the College of Charleston’s Department of Public Safety participated in “Cops on the Coop” hosted by Chick Fil A.  Each year thousands of law enforcement officers nationwide participate in The Law Enforcement Torch Run raising awareness for Special Olympic Athletes.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of […]
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Happy Retirement, Gary Kirkendall!
Posted on 8 September 2021 | 1:21 pm
From Chief of Police, Chip Searson:   Today we say farewell and thank you to yet another Public Safety OG, Gary Kirkendall.  Gary started here in July of 2013 and has faithfully served for many years.  We certainly will miss him sitting in the Training Room eating a plate of carrots while imagining those were […]
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