Police & Public Safety

The Police and Security Sections of the Public Safety Office answer questions from parents during New Student Orientation

The Public Safety Web site is designed to inform you about our department and the services we offer. We are happy you stopped in and we hope you enjoy our site and visit again soon. We enjoy hearing your comments about our site. If you wish to submit any comments or suggestions to us directly, please use our feedback form. All of those comments or suggestions are sent to the Director of Public Safety. The Director will respond personally to you if you desire.

Department Overview

The Department of Public Safety works 24-7-365 to help keep Methodist University a safer and more secure place to learn, live, work, and grow. Our continuing mission is to serve and protect the University community while fostering an atmosphere of integrity, courtesy, and respect. We seek to continuously improve the quality and scope of our services to meet community’s changing needs. We are committed to delivering the highest level of professional support to our students, faculty, staff, and guests.

The Department of Public Safety’s Headquarters is located in the Campus Services Building (near Clark Hall and the Soccer Field).  Our customer service desk is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Organizational Structure

Mark BrewingtonDirector of Public Safety

Mark Brewington, sbrewington@methodist.edu, the Director of Public Safety, who also serves as the Chief of Police, reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  The Department of Public Safety is a dual-service agency comprised of sworn North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers, non-sworn Security Officers, Telecommunicators, and Safety Specialists.

University Police Officers

Stan StarlingLt. Stan Starling, sstarling@methodist.edu, leads the Police Services Section, which performs an array of law enforcement functions. Campus Police Officers are fully empowered to enforce North Carolina criminal and traffic laws and federal criminal laws on University property, as well as on all adjacent streets and highways. In addition, they patrol in vehicles and on foot, investigate crimes and vehicle crashes, respond to calls for service, and provide assistance to motorists. Campus Police Officers complete annual in-service training as mandated by the North Carolina Department of Justice. Many of our Police Officers also hold advanced and specialized law enforcement certifications. The Police Lieutenant supervises three Police Sergeants (including an Investigator), five Police Officers, and two Reserve Police Officers.  University Police Officers are on duty at all times to serve the campus community.  University Police Officers assigned to patrol duties wear a khaki shirt and green pants.

Security Officers

Carl DouglasLt. Carl Douglas, cdouglas@methodist.edu, leads the Security Services Section within the Department. Security Officers, who patrol in vehicles and on foot, are responsible for locking, unlocking, and frequently checking all facilities on the campus. In addition, our Security Officers respond to calls for service, provide support for athletic and other special events, and enforce University parking regulations. Campus Security Officers do not have arrest powers, but do complete extensive supervised classroom and field training before becoming eligible for solo patrol duty. Security Officers are on duty at all times to serve the campus community. All Security Officers wear a green shirt and khaki pants.

Safety and Support

Janet BirdLt. Janet Bird, jbird@methodist.edu, leads the Safety and Support Services Section, which executes many important duties that impact the entire University community. The highly-trained and skilled personnel who staff this section are responsible for fire and life safety program compliance and training, crime prevention, driver safety training, emergency preparedness, access control, and administration of the vehicle registration and campus ID card programs.