Message from the Chief

Benedict College is a private/urban institution located in the City of Columbia, South Carolina. The Benedict College Campus Police Department is the law enforcement service agency for the campus and those areas under the college's authority. All of the officers in the department have been entrusted with the duty and responsibility to serve and protect the Benedict College campus and the surrounding community. It is the duty of every officer in this department to undertake the task of providing the campus and the surrounding community with a safe and peaceful environment.. The Campus police officers are duly sworn state constables with statewide arrest authority as established by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Your Right To Know Annual Report and Crime Statistics is compiled to provide important information concerning the incidents of crimes on the Benedict College campus and in nearby areas. The data has been integrated in a statistical format for better understanding. It is the intent of this publication to increase community awareness. Further, it is our hope that such knowledge will provide a basis for the enhancement of institutional and personal crime prevention strategies. It is clearly recognized that well thought out crime prevention strategies provide the best measure of protection from the criminal elements.

At any level, the commission of crimes within the College community is unacceptable. It is important to note that the data gathered herein punctuates the fact that incidents of crime within the BC community are significantly less than the college's surrounding areas. Our success in maintaining a proactive stance and relatively low crime rate is a reflection of our constant vigilance and persistent efforts. These efforts have been a collaborative approach incorporating the concept that effective policing within the college is a partnership that combines traditional law enforcement with community involvement. Community orientated crime prevention programs, improved law enforcement strategies and campus security procedures have each played important roles to deter crime on campus.

Questions concerning this report may be addressed to me at the Campus Police Department on the Benedict College campus. Any suggestions for improvements are welcomed.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A SECURE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR STAFF, FACULTY, STUDENTS AND OTHER CITIZENS WHO VISIT OUR CAMPUS AND TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS SERVICE ADDRESSING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE SECURITY NEEDS OF THE BENEDICT COLLEGE COMMUNITY.

Haywood Bazemore
Director of Campus Police Department
803-705-4321
Bazemoreh@benedict.edu