Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our series of “Student Affairs Talk” podcasts. In it, Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from the staff and student communities. This week’s featured guest is Lt. Chris Harrington of the Clemson University Police Department.


Lt. Chris Harrington of Clemson University Police Department was an exercise director for the active shooter drill on campus on March 19, 2019.

Lt. Chris Harrington explains the setup of an active shooter exercise held on March 19 in the central part of campus.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

Chris Harrington thought he was destined for a career in law … just not law enforcement. But after working as a student with the Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) for only one semester, it was enough to whet his appetite for a potential career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in December 2004 and a year later was hired by CUPD as an officer.

Since that time, he’s worn many hats and seen his role expand and evolve under the direction of multiple leadership changes. Currently, he serves as director of professional development and training as part of Greg Mullen’s command staff.

Harrington, along with Capt. Bill Shivar of Fire/EMS, was an exercise director on Tuesday, March 19 as first responders from the university as well as mutual aid partners took part in an active shooter drill on campus. He discusses that exercise at length, his role within CUPD and future aspirations in law enforcement.

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