Category Archives: General News

National Campus Safety Awareness Month Week 2

We are now in our second week of National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our events last week. We had a great turn out from the campus community. Pictures and videos from this event, and the others to come, can be found on the Public Safety Department’s social […]

National Campus Safety Awareness Month (week 1)

The Department of Public Safety, in partnership with Residence Life, Student Life, Counseling and Substance Abuse, Victim Services, Emergency Management, Community Relations, and the Office of the Dean of Students, is proud to sponsor National Campus Safety Awareness Month throughout the month of September.  This month long campaign is intended to raise awareness of particular […]

Moped Theft Prevention

The following information on preventing moped theft was recently released from the Charleston Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit: Mopeds are being stolen at an alarming pace in the low-country. Here are some tips to prevent you from becoming the next victim.     Hide or disguise it. The less your moped/scooter is seen, the less […]

Fireworks Ordinances and Safety Tips

Happy Fourth of July! The Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone to celebrate the holiday safely and responsibly.  If you are planning on observing Independence Day with fireworks, please take a moment to review the City of Charleston Ordinances and safety tips below. City of Charleston Ordinances Sec. 13-191. – Possession, sale, discharge; sparklers excepted […]

Unlikely Residents on CofC Campus

Students and faculty members were in for quite the shock as they attempted to attend their summer classes last week. As they approached the Bell Building, they were greeted by an unlikely guest…. Early last Wednesday morning, just before dawn, night shift officers were conducting their regular patrols through campus. Summer is generally considered a quiet time on […]

Important Information Regarding the Bridge Run

Dear College of Charleston Students, Faculty, and Staff: The 39th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk is less than two weeks away.   I want to send you the Race details as they relate to traffic in downtown Charleston.  The Race is on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 7:15 AM with the Bridge Run Parade, […]

Campus Safety Walk

The Department of Public Safety will be hosting our annual Campus Safety Walk on November 5, 2015 at 6 pm in the Stern Center Lobby. Participants will walk the campus with a Public Safety Officer and identify any areas of concern. This can range from inadequate lighting, lack of emergency call boxes, overgrown shrubbery, etc. […]

Crosswalk Laws

APPLICABLE STATE & CITY LAWS: VULNERABLE ROADWAY USERS   PEDESTRIANS SECTION 56-5-3110 Pedestrian obedience to traffic-control devices and traffic regulations   (a) A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control device specifically applicable to him unless otherwise directed by a police officer.   (b) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic and pedestrian-control signals […]

Do you recognize this suspect?

Attached is a sketch of a suspect who groped a woman about 7:00 p.m. in the area of 149 Smith Street on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Although there appears to be a similar incident that occurred on February 25, 2015 where a man exposed himself to a woman in the area of 80 Pitt Street, […]

Charleston Police to Wear Body Cameras

Check out this article from the Cistern Yard writtten by CofC student Sam Rodriguez.   Charleston police to wear body cameras On Monday, Feb. 2, Police Chief Eddie Driggers, Jr. and South Carolina Sen. Marlon Kimpson announced that $275,000 of state funding will be going toward the acquisition of body cameras. The money was granted from the Obama […]