Happy Retirement, Gary Kirkendall!

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 […]

Public Safety bids farewell to a dear friend

Just a few minutes ago, the Department of Public Safety bid a bitter farewell to Kim Reetz. She’s been a member of the department for over eight years and has become a fixture of our daily lives here. Many of us spend as much time at our jobs as we do at home, and Kim […]

CofC observes Independence Day

Today, the College of Charleston observes Independence Day. Like the College, many businesses are closed today, including government offices. As we observe the holiday on this long weekend, be mindful of safety… yours and others’. And keep in mind those who have suffered recent, tragic losses elsewhere in the country. Be safe, and happy holiday!

Happy Independence Day

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety extends wishes for a safe and happy holiday to all of the College of Charleston family. Please be safe this holiday and act responsibly. We’ll see faculty and staff after the holiday and students in August. Enjoy. Happy Independence Day!

CofC Employee Honored for Assisting in Detaining Criminal Suspect

On June 23, 2021, responding to a recent Public Safety request for information, College of Charleston employee Claudia Chirinos called us to notify that a known criminal suspect was present in Lightsey Center. Ms. Chirinos stayed on the line with Public Safety Dispatchers and provided time-critical information that led directly to the apprehension and arrest […]

Graduation and the beginning of Summer

All of the members of College of Charleston’s Department of Public Safety extend a heartfelt and well-deserved congratulations to the class of 2021! Over the next three days, College of Charleston will host five commencement ceremonies to confer degrees to all of this year’s graduates. Welcome, all of you, to the next phase of your […]

Passing of CofC Dispatch Operator, Dominique Prioleau

With profound sadness, the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns the loss of one of our own for the second time this year. Dispatch Operator #2, Dominique Prioleau passed away today, following more than an week in intensive care, as of yet unknown reasons. As relayed by our own Chief of Police, Chip […]

Passing of former Interim Chief William Herkert, Jr.

It is with heavy hearts that the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety was informed today of the loss of one of our own. Former Deputy Chief and later Interim Chief William F. Herkert, Jr. passed yesterday, February 19, 2021 at the Medical University of South Carolina. Chief Herkert dedicated multiple decades of his […]

CofC DPS and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office mourn a deputy’s death

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Charleston County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Keith Tyner IV lost his life. Master Deputy Tyner was a veteran officer, serving since 2006, and was a member of the Bureau of Patrol Services and the SWAT team. The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns for our fallen comrade and stands […]

College of Charleston DPS mourns a brother lost to COVID-19

At 10:21 PM on Saturday, January 16th 2021, Colleton County Sheriff’s Deputy Detective Sergeant Edward Marcurella lost his battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia. Sgt. Marcurella was a veteran deputy with over 35 years of first responder history, focusing much of that work into the Low country Human Trafficking and Internet Crimes Against Children task forces.  […]