Gregory G. Mullen

Chief of Police

Charleston Police Department

Charleston, South Carolina, USA


Chief Gregory Mullen along with Dr. Pranil Upadhayaya will look at two case studies from around the world where tourism industries have had to face crises, be they man or natural produced, and how each community succeeded in overcoming the crisis. This interactive dialogue will present principles of tourism safety and security that although are site specific will have both universal and timeless utility. 


Gregory G. Mullen was appointed Chief of Police of the Charleston Police Department on October 2, 2006. In 1985, he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department, rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief of Police. His previous assignments included patrol, narcotics, criminal intelligence and resort operations.


Chief Mullen is an experienced leader with a proven record of community involvement, cultivating relationships and using teams to create opportunities and solve problems.  He strives to establish strong community relationships throughout the city with the goal of strengthening relationships between the citizens of Charleston and their police department.  Chief Mullen leads by example with a strong commitment to lifelong learning, employee growth and development, and accountability.


During his tenure as Chief of Police in Charleston, he has been instrumental in implementing a number of strategic changes throughout the organization that have led to enhancements in the areas of crime reduction, excellence in policing, community support and outreach, technology advancements, and special event and crisis management.


He created a Responsible Hospitality Group comprised of members of the hospitality, hotel, and retail industries to help identify key concerns and areas for improvement in the City’s growing Hospitality Zone and management of the myriad of festivals and special events that occur in Charleston.  This successful partnership led to the implementation of several key strategies, and its impact contributed to Charleston being recognized by Cond’e Nast Magazine as its number one tourist destination in the US for the past four years.  He is currently engaged in an initiative, which created a Late Night Entertainment Review Committee to address issues and strategies that support a vibrant and economically viable nightlife area while maintaining the delicate balance between tourism and a healthy quality of life of year round residents.


Under his leadership, the city manages numerous special events yearly ranging in scope and magnitude from small localized events to large road races and international art festivals that required extensive planning and coordination between local, state, and federal public safety entities.  Most recently, he combined his crime analysis and information sharing capabilities with a situational awareness solution to implement a Public Safety Operations Center which allows for city-wide, real-time domain awareness during normal operations, special events, and crisis management. 


Chief Mullen received a Bachelor Degree in Criminology from Saint Leo College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, and the Senior Management Institute in Police from Boston University.  In 1998 and 2008, he was selected to participate in law enforcement exchange programs involving the Israeli National Police and Victoria Police Service, in Victoria, Australia.


He serves on the executive boards of the Trident United Way and South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum, and South Carolina Police Chief’s Association. 


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