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Law Enforcement Summit

Law Enforcement Summit

The Law Enforcement Summit is a collaborative effort between Clemson University, the City of Clemson and surrounding stakeholders to foster better relationships around prevention, intervention and enforcement related to alcohol, other drugs and safety. Aimed to connect law enforcement agencies, policy makers, university officials and property owners in the area, the Law Enforcement Summit creates a space for discussion, training and collaboration.

The Law Enforcement Summit focuses on a different interest area each year to encourage growth, convey resources and educate on current events. Over the past four years, we have covered alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence prevention, mental health and risks of suicide, and preparing for and responding to student activism and campus protests.

    1. To provide a training opportunity for timely needs for campus and community law enforcement officers. A special focus is placed on issues that relate to both officers and universities as they partner together to serve students in the same area.

    2. To provide an opportunity to build relationships between officers and university staff who work in the same vicinity in order to facilitate the ease of working relationships and excellent care for students.

    3. To facilitate other, smaller meetings that occur throughout the year among units (e.g., back to school safety and football planning).

    4. To network with campus and community law enforcement agencies across South Carolina to learn from one another, learn together and enhance our services.

Initial discussion that became the Annual Law Enforcement Summit hosted by Clemson University began in 2014 among the Health, Wellness, Safety and Sustainability Collaborative Team in the Division of Student Affairs. The primary aim was to strengthen collaborative relationships between officers and university staff who work in the Clemson, SC vicinity in order to facilitate the ease of working relationships and provide excellent care and service for students.

A committee with representatives from Student Health Services, University Housing and Dining, Clemson University Police Department, Clemson City Police Department, Office of Community and Ethical Standards, Office of Access and Equity, and Office of Community and Ethical Standards lead the planning efforts.


The First Annual Law Enforcement Summit was held on February 12, 2015 at Clemson City Hall. This Summit focused on prevention and enforcement efforts regarding alcohol and other drugs in the Clemson community. Approximately 50 participants attended the conference, including Students Affairs staff from Clemson University, law enforcement officers from Clemson University and surrounding jurisdictions, students, apartment property managers and Behavioral Health Services Pickens County. Assessment measures indicated that most attendees found the Summit valuable to their work.


The Second Annual Law Enforcement Summit was hosted at the Madren Conference Center at Clemson University. The theme was interpersonal violence: understanding the victim’s experience, aiming to provide training about this important issue to law enforcement officers and other entities that support victims of interpersonal violence. Approximately 60 individuals participated in the Summit, representing Student Affairs staff, Clemson University and other surrounding law enforcement agencies, Clemson City Council, and community sexual assault advocacy centers. Most attendees were from the Upstate of South Carolina. Again, assessment measures found that participants benefited from the Summit.


Mental health and suicide risk: responding to individuals in distress was the theme of the Third Annual Law Enforcement Summit, also hosted at the Madren Center at Clemson University. This Summit provided training on mental health and suicide risk threat assessment and understanding the experience of someone in distress. Approximately 60 university and community agency law enforcement officers, student affairs staff, and counselors participated in the Summit.


The Fourth Annual Law Enforcement Summit focused on an issue that impacts higher education settings: preparing for and responding to campus protests and student activism. This Summit emphasized First Amendment rights in a higher education setting, a history of student activism, case studies, and preparing for and responding to activism. At this Summit, the registration was expanded to colleges and universities across South Carolina. 61 attendees representing 21 organizations attended, including campus and community law enforcement agencies, student affairs staff, and students. Attendees reported that the Summit was beneficial to their work.

McKenzie McNamara

Chair, Law Enforcement Planning Committee

Associate Director for Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives, Healthy Campus