College of Charleston Public Safety Department

All Cougars are well protected by our College of Charleston Public Safety Department for campus emergencies, crime prevention and for fire safety and prevention.

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Timeline Photos 04/17/2021

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 Searson, “The loss of life is never easy to accept, but the loss of such a young vibrant person with her entire life before her makes this even more difficult to grasp. She touched many lives here and her presence will be truly missed. Even more so by her two young children she leaves behind.”

Dominique is survived by her two children and her mother. Please keep her friends and family in your thoughts.

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 Searson, “The loss of life is never easy to accept, but the loss of such a young vibrant person with her entire life before her makes this even more difficult to grasp. She touched many lives here and her presence will be truly missed. Even more so by her two young children she leaves behind.”

Dominique is survived by her two children and her mother. Please keep her friends and family in your thoughts.

Timeline Photos 02/21/2021

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. Chief Herkert dedicated multiple decades of his life to public service and law enforcement. His character and dedication to continue to serve his fellow man are traits we all admired and will dearly miss.

Chief Herkert’s end of watch was 19 February 2021. Rest easy, Chief. We have the watch now.


From Chief Chip Searson:

As I often say, those who serve in our profession are a different breed. Those called to serve are cut from a different cloth.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord say who shall I send and who will go for us? And I said I am here Lord, send me.”
Isaiah 6:8

Bill Herkert said I am here Lord….send me…..

Gods speed to you Chief.

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. Chief Herkert dedicated multiple decades of his life to public service and law enforcement. His character and dedication to continue to serve his fellow man are traits we all admired and will dearly miss.

Chief Herkert’s end of watch was 19 February 2021. Rest easy, Chief. We have the watch now.


From Chief Chip Searson:

As I often say, those who serve in our profession are a different breed. Those called to serve are cut from a different cloth.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord say who shall I send and who will go for us? And I said I am here Lord, send me.”
Isaiah 6:8

Bill Herkert said I am here Lord….send me…..

Gods speed to you Chief.

01/27/2021

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Charleston County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Keith Tyner IV lost his life. College of Charleston DPS mourns for our fallen brother and stands with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office during this difficult time. Rest easy Brother, we have the watch now.

01/18/2021

Today we celebrate the life and teachings of an icon, Martin Luther King Jr.

01/18/2021

On Saturday, January 16th 2021, Colleton County Sheriff’s Deputy Detective Sergeant Edward Marcurella lost his battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia. We mourn for our fallen brother and stand with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department during this difficult time.

Sergeant Marcurella’s end of watch was 2221 hours on 16 January 2021. Rest easy brother, we have the watch now.

01/13/2021

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns for our fallen brother and stands with the Horry County Police Department in this horrible time. On January 12, 2021, Horry County Police Office Lance Corporal Melton “Fox” Gore was struck and killed by a vehicle while removing debris from Highway 22. Rest Easy Brother, we have the watch now.

01/09/2021

Today is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We would like to thank our fellow law enforcement, family, and friends today.

01/07/2021

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety stands with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department during this horrible time as we mourn a fallen brother. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan David Price died in a motor vehicle collision Wednesday evening. Rest easy brother, we have the watch now.

01/01/2021

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns for our fallen comrade and stands with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety is this horrible time. Rest easy, brother. We have the watch, now.

[01/01/21]   Wishing everyone a very happy new year! May this year bring blessings and happiness!

12/24/2020

From our Public Safety family to yours, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

12/09/2020

We would like to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season! And to our students good luck with your finals!

11/26/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at CofC_DPS. We hope it’s a great one.

today.cofc.edu 11/19/2020

Student Rides to the Rescue of Facilities Management Employee

Here’s a great story of how our students and one of our officers will go above and beyond to help. Great Job Sergeant Russell!

https://today.cofc.edu/2020/11/18/riding-to-the-rescue-fs/

today.cofc.edu If you need a reminder that there are good people in the world, look no further than College of Charleston junior Reese Phillips. Junior Reese Phillips presents Michael Sims with a new bicycle. Recently, Phillips was in her downtown apartment when she heard

11/13/2020

Congratulations to our very own Mrs. Kim Reetz for being named the 2020 Student Employee Supervisor of the Year! This is just another feather in the many hats Kim wears for us at Public Safety! They could not have picked a better person for this. Congratulations!

[11/13/20]   On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 & 17, a portion of King Street between Vanderhorst Street and Calhoun Street will be closed to traffic from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Motorists traveling south on King Street will be detoured onto Vanderhorst Street and then onto St. Philip Street. Motorists traveling on Calhoun Street looking to turn onto King Street will be routed onto Meeting Street.

11/11/2020

As Tropical Storm Eta moves through, it is expected to cause heavy rainfall with the heaviest possible tonight and throughout Thursday. Timing of high tides may exacerbate conditions. King Tides continue through Wednesday.

11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day! We would like to take a moment to thank our Veterans which includes many of our employees. Thank you for your service.

[10/31/20]   We at CofC_DPS would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween. Please be safe and healthy. As President Hsu reminds us Think First!

10/28/2020

Today is National First Responders Day. We at CofC Public Safety would like to thank our fellow officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel for everything you do.

[10/20/20]   The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety grieves with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in this horrible time as we mourn our fallen brother, Master Deputy Conley Jumper. He lost his life in the performance of his duties today. Keep the friends and family of Master Deputy Jumper in your thoughts and prayers. Two other deputies were also hospitalized and are both expected to recover at this time. Two suspects who are in custody were also hospitalized for evaluation.

10/10/2020

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 graduates. This has been a trying year but our students have risen to the occasion. We at Public Safety are so proud of you! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you as you make your way into the world. Go Cougars!

10/04/2020

The College of Charleston DPS joins the Myrtle Beach Police Department in mourning the loss of PFC Jacob Hancher, who gave his life in the line of duty on October 3, 2020.

The officers were responding to a domestic violence call which quickly devolved and shots were fired by the suspect, who was killed at the scene. During the shooting, two MBPD officers were struck. One received non life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Rest well brother, we have the watch now.

09/18/2020

Happy Friday Cougars! We hope you had a wonderful first week of hybrid classes. Thank you to everyone for complying with our safe and healthy guidelines for this first week. Keep up the great work!

09/05/2020

Did you know if you're a CofC student you can register your bike and electronics? Doing so allows Public Safety to have a record of your important items in the event they are stolen or misplaced. Come by Public Safety Headquarters to register your items and get tips about safety.

09/01/2020

College of Charleston Public Safety Department

09/01/2020

As we prepare for our return to our beautiful CofC campus, we would like to remind everyone to continue to be diligent and follow the CDC guidelines. Our faculty and staff are more dedicated than ever to the safety of our campus community. Signs are posted throughout campus with helpful tips. Let’s all do our parts to make this year a great one!

03/12/2020

CofC Public Safety would like to thank CofC Black Student Union for allowing us to participate in this amazing event. We were blown away by the insight and organizational skills our students displayed. *Picture credit goes to this wonderful organization.*

03/11/2020

We will be hanging out in the Cistern Yard today from 3-5 PM with a lot of great people. We can’t wait to see you!

03/03/2020

Public Safety is very proud of CofC Student EMS for placing 3rd at a national collegiate conference in Boston this past weekend. The students showed their skills and all their hard work and training paid off! Congratulations! We’re so proud of you all!

02/28/2020

The College of Charleston Department of Public Safety mourns for a fallen brother. Sumter County Sheriff's Deputy Corporal Andrew Gillette paid the ultimate price and gave his life in the line of duty. His end of tour was 25 February, 2020. He was 37 years old and is survived by a wife and 11 year old son. Keep them in your thoughts. Funeral arrangements are set for 2pm on Sunday, March 1st, at the Sumter County Civic Center. Brothers and sisters not on duty should try to make an appearance and show support. Rest well, brother... We have the watch now.

[01/15/20]   RAD is being held on February 1st and 2nd from 12:00pm to 4:30pm in the Stern Center Ballroom. Go by Public Safety (89 St Phillip St.) to sign up!

[01/02/20]   Happy New Year from all of us at CofC DPS!

12/24/2019

From all of us at CofC DPS, we would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for happy holidays and a safe winter break. We can’t wait to see you all next year!

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