Public Safety Department Earns National Honor

October 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Public Safety Department has been awarded First Runner-Up for the National Campus Safety Department of the Year by Safe Campus, the National Campus Safety Summit. The honor comes as a result of improving campus safety though advances in emergency communications, technological improvements, implemented training programs and facility upgrades.

“I wish to offer congratulations to Chief of Police Klay Peterson and everyone in our Department of Public Safety on receiving this prestigious award,” Chancellor Tom Moore said. “This is great recognition of their fine work.”

Safe Campus chose USC Upstate from over 4,700 eligible departments. Peterson will receive the award at the National Campus Safety Summit in Las Vegas this February where he will speak about the transition and inclusion into the Spartanburg County 911 Communications Network.

“This award was made possible by the dedicated men and women of the USC Upstate Department of Public Safety who work hard every day to support our students and provide a safe and secure environment where faculty, staff and students may flourish in the pursuit of academic excellence,” Peterson said.

Accomplishments include:

  • The implementation of a desktop Classroom Emergency Procedures application on every University computer provides faculty and staff quick access to instructions for emergency situations.
  • Transitioning from a full-time communications center to inclusion in the Spartanburg County 911 Communications Center has resulted in enhanced emergency communications.
  • Improved technology including driver’s license readers, electronic citations, HD in-car video and body cameras and aerial drones allow the department to serve the campus more efficiently and effectively.
  • The AAA Driver’s Safety program implemented by the department has led to a 100% reduction in on the job vehicle accidents from the previous calendar year.
  • Certified instructors offer a Rape Aggression Defense class each semester to students. The same class is offered twice a year to the community.
  • The Department of Public Safety is housed within a state of the art building which includes a training/briefing room, tactical room for self-defense training, secured armory, evidence room, interview and interrogation room, records room and surveillance video viewing room. The building also has a diesel powered generator as an alternate power source.

For more information contact Klay Peterson at (864) 503-5254 or