Message from the Chief

Klay D. Peterson - Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to present the USC Upstate Department of Public Safety’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan PDF Document Download. This is our second edition which now spans a six-year operational period. We are posed and excited to move forward into our next three years of campus service and operational readiness.

As Chief of Police it has been rewarding to look back and see the growth of our officers, their passion for serving our growing campus and the implementation of new programs and policies that contribute to the professionalism of our agency.

Our national certification recognition from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has set a standard of excellence where each employee is expected to consistently and effectively engage best practices in university policing. By so doing we can maintain the highest standard of performance to meet or exceed the goals and objectives of this plan.

The strategic plan is a single guiding document that identifies our priorities and encapsulates our vision for the future. It includes our goals and objectives and a S.W.O.T. analysis of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  Moreover, it provides a platform from which to look back and exam what we did well as an agency and areas of needed improvement. With an eye towards the future, it provides lessons learned and a roadmap for the next three years to enhance professional 21 century police service in a university setting.

I encourage you to review our Strategic Plan initiatives which reaffirm our commitment to proactively and responsibly provide law enforcement services that enhance safety and security and quality of life; where faculty, staff and students may all flourish in the pursuit of academic excellence.


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Klay D. Peterson 
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police