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College of Charleston DPS mourns with Summerville PD over the loss of Capt. Johnson

The officers, command staff, and support staff at the College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourn with the Summerville Police Department over the recent loss of one of their ranks, Captain Larry “LJ” Johnson, after a battle with cancer.

Captain Johnson was a twenty-year veteran of the Summerville Police Department, having previously served with the MUSC Department of Public Safety.

Keep Captain Johnson, his family, his friends, and his department in your thoughts as they walk this difficult path.

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Summerville Police Department in their time of grief.

Rest easy, brother… we have the watch now.

The following is from Summerville PD’s own Facebook page:

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our very own Captain Larry “LJ” Johnson, who lost his battle with cancer.

Captain Johnson came to the Summerville Police Department in 2002 after serving four years with the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety.

Captain Johnson has risen from Patrolman to our Criminal Investigative Division commander. He has served as Uniform Patrol Division Corporal, Narcotics Investigator, Uniform Patrol Division Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Division Commander. He is also a graduate of FBI’s Carolina Command College and the University of Phoenix with an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. The Knights of Columbus awarded him Police Officer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 by the Summerville Police Department.

He proudly served as a founding member of The Dignity Project, and he is a member of the Cathedral of Praise church in North Charleston.

Captain Johnson is a man of God who is deeply loved and respected by all who knew him. He never met a stranger and was quick to bring a smile to anyone’s face, whomever he met. The men and women of the Summerville Police Department and our community members are all better people for having met our brother, LJ. Please continue to pray for his family and our SPD family as we work through this difficult time.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

 

 

 

CofC DPS mourns the loss of a SC Police Officer

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Columbia Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own.

On September 24, 2022, Master Police Officer Tyrell Owens Riley of the Columbia Police Department was conducting a SWAT training assessment and suffered a medical emergency. After being transported to the hospital for treatment, MPO Riley suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

Officer Riley was a 7 year veteran of the Columbia Police Department and a US Marine Veteran.

Keep MPO Riley’s friends, family, and department in your thoughts as they all process these difficult times.

MPO Riley’s end of watch was 24 September, 2022.

Rest easy, brother… we have the watch now.

 

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 responding officers and opened fire, striking and ultimately killing Deputy Aldridge.

Deputy Aldridge served with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department for three years. He is survived by his wife.

Keep Deputy Aldridge’s friends, family, and department in your thoughts as they all process these difficult times. As law enforcement officers, we all know the risks when donning the uniform and duty belt, but nothing lessens the pain from the loss of one of our ranks.

Deputy Aldridge was 25 years old. His death marks the second SC line of duty law enforcement death in 2022. Deputy Aldridge’s end of watch was 21 June, 2022.

Rest easy, brother… we have the watch now.

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.  They now begin the next phase which is Field Training.  Congratulations to these three on this important accomplishment.

 

CofC DPS mourns the loss of a SC Law Enforcement Officer

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Cayce Police Department as they mourn the loss of one of their own.

At approximately 2:48 AM on April 24, 2022, Officer Roy Andrew “Drew” Barr of the Cayce Police Department was responding to a domestic violence call, when the suspect opened fire on responding officers, striking and ultimately killing Officer Barr. The suspect later took his own life at the scene.

Officer Barr joined the Cayce Police Department in 2016 as a Public Safety Officer, when the department was a joint Department of Public Safety. Officer Barr was also a K-9 officer, a volunteer firefighter Captain with the city of Monetta, and a former volunteer EMT with Lexington County EMS. His mission was truly one of serving the public trust.

Keep Drew Barr’s friends, family, and department in your thoughts as they all process these difficult times. As law enforcement officers, we all know the risks when donning the uniform and duty belt, but nothing lessens the pain from the loss of one of our ranks.

Officer Barr was 27 years old. His death marks the first SC line of duty law enforcement death in 2022. Officer Barr’s end of watch was 24 April, 2022.

Rest easy, brother… we have the watch now.

 

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 on all affected, particularly during the holiday season. We are thankful to be included in his support group, and offer prayers not only for Chief Reyynolds, but all who battle such a debilitating illness.