College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

College of Charleston dealing with a shortage of public safety officers

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The College of Charleston has a shortage of public safety officers, with eight vacancies on the force.

The full staff would entail 41 sworn officers and the college currently has 33, according to school officials.

In a letter sent to several College of Charleston officials in 2018, a man who said he is a former public safety officer with the school wrote, “Students and faculty of the college should be concerned for their safety while on the campus,” the employee wrote. “The department has had a steady decline in public safety officers.”

The author of that letter said he retired since that letter was sent to the Board of Trustees, but said in a letter to Live 5 News that it has not gotten any better.

Students at the college said the number of vacancies was surprising, but they feel safe on the campus.

Officials with The Citadel said they have 18 people employed with The Citadel’s Public Safety Office and said it is fully staffed.

College spokesman Michael Robertson released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

"The College is confident that our campus remains safe and has sufficient personnel to support the public safety needs of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. Additionally, the College maintains close working relationships with the City of Charleston Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division as well as contracts with a security service to complement its force of sworn public safety officers.

For any large organization, it is not unusual to operate with open positions. The College expects to complete the hiring of additional sworn public safety officers over the course of the next few weeks as it finalizes its recruitment and hiring processes this summer."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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