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Lance Crowe

Lance Crowe

Division of History, Government and Social Science
College of Arts and Science



  • MA, Criminal Justice, Columbia College
  • BS, Graphic Design, Bob Jones University



Chief Lance Crowe (retired) was introduced to the criminal justice field during three-and-a-half years as a student officer with BJU Public Safety. After completing his bachelor’s degree at BJU, he remained in the Greenville area, working for the Spartanburg County, SC Sheriff’s Office for 14 years and the Travelers Rest, SC Police Department for 13. During those years, he experienced uniform patrol as a deputy sheriff, sergeant, patrol lieutenant, and administrative lieutenant in Spartanburg. He went on to learn police administration during a year as captain and 12 years as the chief of police in Travelers Rest.

Chief Crowe received his Master of Arts in CJ and formally retired from public service in 2018. However, he maintains his “Class 1” police certification by completing annual training and firearms qualifications required for all officers in South Carolina. His connection to the field also remains strong through his close relationships with local agencies and through his position as an armed liaison and subject matter expert for BJU Public Safety. He continues to serve as a basic instructor for the SC Criminal Justice Academy and is a lifetime member of the SC Police Chiefs Association.

As the son of a USMC officer, Chief Crowe has observed the principles of leadership since his childhood. Through his roles in administration of two law enforcement agencies, he developed his passion for service excellence in policing. In addition to assisting agencies like the Anderson, Walterboro, and Winthrop University police departments, he has provided training at state conferences and workshops, including several police chief’s and executive leadership workshops at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, SC Training Officers Association conferences, a SC Litter Control Officers Association conference, and a Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police conference.