CofC DPS mourns the loss of another SC Law Enforcement Officer

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own. At approximately 3:20 PM on June 21, 2022, Deputy Sheriff Austin Derek Aldridge of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department was responding to a domestic violence call, when the suspect ambushed […]

Welcome to new DPS Officers

Deputy Chief Broughton and Chief Searson are pictured with three of our new Public Safety Officers, Kirchenbauer, Smith, and Bravo, who graduated on June 10th from the SC Criminal Justice Academy.  Chief Searson served as the Guest Speaker for Basic Law Enforcement Class 761.  These officers have successfully completed 20 weeks of Training to this point.  […]

National Police Memorial Week

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety honors our fallen during National Police Memorial Week, May 11-18, 2022. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2022 – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund ( Schedule of Events – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (  

CofC DPS stands with CPD Chief Reynolds

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 […]

CofC DPS participates in Cops on the Coop and The Law Enforcement Torch Run

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 […]

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 […]