Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Since 2001, Benedict College has had the same police chief. And since taking over students and staff said they have seen a major difference.
"I'm from the old school that once you start something, you complete it," Benedict Police Chief Haywood Bazemore said.
Bazemore likes to believe he's in tune with the younger set.
"What I see today are young folks that have their own mind and that's a good thing," he said.
Bazemore has seen thousands of students come and go.
And they've always been under his watchful eye.
"When I brief the parents every year, I'm very forthright with them and I tell them that it's my job to ensure that your son and daughter get back to you safe. I take that very serious," Bazemore said.
While every school has it's ups and downs with campus crime and unfortunate incidents, Bazemore said his department has been very transparent by posting crime stats.
And he believes it has nothing to do with the area the school is in.
"It bothers me, but a lot of people think because we have projects around here, that it's automatic crime ridden," he said. "That's not the case. You have a lot of people that unfortunately can't live in top notch neighborhoods, but they're decent people."
Bazrmore told News19 it's about time to hang up his boots, but the relationships he's established with the students will always leave a lasting impression.
"I'm an adoptive parent, grandparent and for a lot of them I'm the first male authority that's been in their life," Bazemore said. "That's what I like most of all."