Director of public safety retires

By Nicole Osuch
December 8, 2006

Meghan Hurley

Charles Schaffner, director of public safety, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the fall semester. In January 2000, Schaffner joined the Cabrini College community as director of public safety.

Located in the east wing of the Mansion, next to the Holy Spirit Library, The department of public safety has been directed by Schaffner. For the past seven years, Schaffner has worked in his back office and executed his distinct and innovative ideas of how to make Cabrini College a safer place for students and faculty while being surrounded by several picture frames scattered around his office of his beloved wife of 10 years and other family members.

Now, after being the director of public safety and also an educator at Cabrini College, teaching at the Pennsylvania State University’s Police Supervisory Training School and at Pennsylvania State University’s Police Executive Development program and retiring from the Falls Township police department in Fairless Hills, Pa. where he worked through the ranks from patrol officer to chief of police he feels that it is time for himself to retire.

Schaffner said, “In each point in your life you look for different things and accomplish goals and when you accomplish the goals you set then maybe its time to do something different.”

Schaffner said he has made significant strides in areas concerning campus safety by reworking Cabrini College’s policies and procedures and implementing various new safety and security programs on campus.

“I like to think that the department as a whole became more professional,” Schaffner said.

As director of public safety, Schaffner helped to execute a records management system that accurately reports events taking place in the department and around campus to the department of education.

Buildings were made more secure as a result of a closed-circuit television system that was implemented on campus to monitor for any illegal activity in dorms for safety. The monitoring systems have helped public safety officers to identify and solve problems more effectively. Specifically, public safety was able to solve the cases where lap top computers were stolen in both Founders Hall and Woodcrest Hall last year.

Schaffner has managed to improve the access control system and I.D. badges. Students now have access to more than one room if they should need it compared to the old system that did not give them that access.

Since he came to Cabrini College, the department of public safety has grown almost three times the size and now the officers have new uniforms that give off a more professional look. Schaffner said that more quality people have been hired and the turn over rate has gone way down from what it used to be.

“I am thankful for Cabrini and the opportunity to work with such fine people,” Schaffner said.

Schaffner also taught courses at Cabrini College and shared his experiences and knowledge in punishment and corrections, police and safety, and forensic science courses. Schaffner said, “I really enjoyed that because it gave both students and I a different view of each other.”

Now with retirement from managing public safety and teaching at Cabrini College ahead of him, Schaffner said that he sees spending time with his family and playing golf in his future. He said that he looks forward to no commute from his home in Cherry Hill, N.J. Furthermore, he looks forward to spending time at his house at the Jersey Shore in Brigantine, N.J. where he is currently working on building a room off the back of the house. Schaffner said that he will probably not stop working completely and will continue teaching part-time at the Bucks County Police Training Center.

“I will miss the students and faculty at Cabrini College the most. I have been very fortunate to work with really great people. I will also miss the atmosphere, the students have kept me young and on my toes,” Schaffner said.

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