The Citadel promotes, honors two public safety officers

Two members of The Citadel Department of Public Safety have new ranks and responsibilities

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Clarence Brisbane was promoted from officer to the position of patrol sergeant, and Thomas Shaffer was promoted from dispatcher to patrol officer.

“The Citadel’s Department of Public Safety is focused on providing leadership through example, innovation and creativity,” said Chief Michael Turner, director the department. “We’re proud to honor Sergeant Brisbane and Officer Shaffer for their dedication to these values and for all the work they’ve done to serve and protect our campus community.”

(left to right) Chief Michael Turner, Officer Thomas Shaffer and Sergeant Clarence Brisbane at the promotion ceremony on Sept. 1

Brisbane has been with the department for three years, and is a four-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Shaffer has been with the department for nearly two years; prior to that, he served as an armorer with The Citadel Commandant’s Office starting in 2016. Additionally he is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Public Safety promotions occur through a competitive process that includes peer evaluations, an oral board and a writing element that is scenario-based. Also, each candidate must have been a certified officer for more than two years with no disciplinary actions during the preceding year.

The Citadel Department of Public Safety includes 17 full-time and four part-time campus safety officers.