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.  […]

College of Charleston DPS mourns another fallen SC Police Officer

It is with heavy hearts that College of Charleston Public Safety mourns the passing of another SC law enforcement officer. At approximately 4 PM on January 12, 2021, Horry County Police Office Lance Corporal Melton “Fox” Gore was removing debris from Highway 22, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. Lcpl. Gore was […]

College of Charleston DPS mourns for another fallen SC Police Officer

South Carolina law enforcement has suffered another loss of one from our ranks. Wednesday evening, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan David Price died in a motor vehicle collision involving his patrol vehicle, while serving in the line of duty. One other person also perished in this collision. He marks the second SC law enforcement fatality […]