Limestone University Officers are trained and registered by state approved instructors and licensed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Limestone University Campus Safety Officers, being licensed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), have the same powers and authority as Deputy Sheriffs(South Carolina State Law 40-18-80), including the authority to make arrests for misdemeanors and felonies (South Carolina State Law 40-18-110) and the ability to act on probable cause, conduct search and seizures, and investigate criminal activity.
Campus Safety enforces state traffic laws, including speed limit and signage laws. Officers direct daily and special event traffic and parking. They reserve parking spaces for special guests. They seek to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians while making traffic flow move as smoothly as possible and parking as convenient as possible.
The department works closely with the Gaffney Police Department and the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office who both have jurisdiction on the Limestone University campus. There is currently a memorandum of understandings with the city of Gaffney outlining investigative roles between the agencies.
In addition to direct efforts in crime prevention and detection, the Limestone University Safety Department monitors a number of programs to foster campus safety and security:
Safety programs are offered to the campus community throughout the year upon request. Limestone Safety works with the Gaffney Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies to offer programs such as self-defense, property crime prevention and bystander intervention. Students interested should contact the Chief of campus safety to schedule an appointment to discuss training opportunities.
All security and safety programs offered to students are also available to faculty and staff members upon request.
Each semester safety officers go to each residence hall and academic building to answer questions or perform a community policing event. These events range from Identity Theft training to first aid skills. During the event campus officers take the opportunity to inform students and employees about crime prevention and specific crime problems that the campus may be facing.