Experienced Leadership.
Proven Results.

  • I have had the privilege of serving you as your elected Beaufort County Sheriff for more than 23 years.
  • I am a lifelong resident of Beaufort County, South Carolina
  • Married to Angela McCall Tanner of Greer, South Carolina
  • Proud member of the Republican Party
  • Member of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association
  • Member of the National Sheriff’s Association
  • Dozens of state and local service awards, as well as personal and professional achievements
  • Began my Law Enforcement career with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office in 1981
  • More than 40 years of law enforcement experience
  • First elected Beaufort County Sheriff in 1998
  • Re-elected in 2002
  • Re-elected in 2006
  • Re-elected in 2010
  • Re-elected in 2014
  • Re-elected in 2018
  • I support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of South Carolina
  • I take a no-nonsense approach to my responsibilities and dedication to the public’s trust and its safety
  • I am very proud of the work our first responders do every day; it continues to be my honor and pleasure to work alongside all of these brave men and women
  • My years of service to Beaufort County have given me the insight and experience to lead this office into the future

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Team leader and liaison with state, county and municipal partners during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Creating and maintaining of a competitive employee compensation plan
  • Forensic Services Laboratory, which includes DNA analysis and the identification of illegal drugs
  • Procuring the best and most up-to-date law enforcement equipment through grants and alternative funding sources
  • Advanced law enforcement training for deputies, such as National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Achieving and maintaining the gold star standard of international law enforcement accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • Cutting edge crime-solving technology
  • Nixle public safety advisories and social media platforms that are focused on clear and timely communication with Beaufort County residents and guest about crime, traffic and emergency events, such as hurricanes
  • Implementing and maintaining a citizens police academy
  • Community Resource Officer Program to foster positive interaction with children who attend elementary schools, after school programs and community events
  • A countywide crime rate below the national average

My Endorsements

Responsibilities

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Countywide Functions

  • Proactive Patrols
  • Accident Investigations
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Explorer Program
  • Patrol Dog Program
  • K9 Tracking Team
  • Honor Guard
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Crime Analysis
  • Community Events
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Cold Case Investigations
  • Victim's Advocacy Programs
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Project Life Saver
  • Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Violent Crimes Taskforce
  • Gang Interdiction
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Explosive Disposal and Investigations
  • Marine Patrol
  • Environmental Crimes
  • Dive Team
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Civil Process Service
  • Criminal Warrant Service
  • Mental Evaluation Transports
  • Extraditions
  • Non-Ferrous Metals Permitting
  • Rule 5/FOlA requests
  • Criminal Records
  • Airport Security
  • School Resource Officers
  • Courthouse Security
  • Auditors Office Liaison
  • General Sessions Coordinator
  • CALEA Accreditation and compliance
  • Public Information
  • The Television Program Lowcountry Law: On Air
  • Webmaster
  • Nixle Public Safety Advisories
  • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram
  • Crime Stoppers
  • DNA Lab Services
  • Drug Lab Services Arson services
  • Computer/digital Services
  • County-wide active shooter coordination and training
  • Citizens Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE)
  • Citizen's Police Academy
  • Veteran's Affairs Liaison
  • Reserve Program
  • Chaplains Program
  • Recruiting
  • Crime Prevention Presentations
  • Physical Security Surveys
  • Firearms Training Simulator (FATS)
  • Facilities Management
  • H R-218
  • 911 Dispatch
  • Emergency Operations Center
  • Re-Entry Credentialing
  • Traffic Management Center
  • 1033 Program
  • Natural Disaster and Emergency Response Coordination
  • NCIC Coordination and Compliance
  • Smart 911
  • Hazardous Materials Response Coordination
  • Aviation Unit
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office fosters and maintains cooperative relationships with federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies. In 2021, the Sheriff’s Office and its law enforcement partners responded to more than 430,000 calls for service in Beaufort County and its municipalities.

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