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David Roper 

Chief of Police


Public Safety Building  |  843-349-6532  |  droper@coastal.edu

Chief Roper is a lifelong resident of South Carolina and is currently the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police.  He has been with Coastal Carolina University since 2009.  In this capacity, Chief Roper is the Administrative Head of the Department.  He plans, manages, coordinates and implements all Public Safety programs for not only Coastal but also, Horry Georgetown Technical College. Chief Roper provides protection and safety for all members of the University community to include students, faculty, staff and visitors.  He oversees ongoing criminal investigations/prosecutions. He provides police/security for Athletic events. He is also responsible for planning and implementing “Community Policing Programs”.  Chief Roper plans, implements and develops the yearly budget for Public Safety.  He acts as a liaison between all Local, State and Federal Agencies surrounding Coastal Carolina University.

Chief Roper is a former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Officer.  As a Lieutenant with SLED, he supervised approximately 40 agents involved in the investigation of major crimes in the state including public corruption, narcotics operations, gangs and homicides. He was also a member of the SLED SWAT Team. Prior to SLED, he was Chief Deputy in the Horry County Sheriff's Office for three years, and he worked as a Detective for the Horry County Police Department.