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A Message from Sheriff P.J. Tanner

I was born, raised and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the vast majority of my law enforcement career, which began in 1981, right here in Beaufort County. I consider it an honor to continue to serve as Beaufort County Sheriff, since first being elected in 1998.

As your elected Sheriff, I have taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of South Carolina and of the United States, and it is my job to ensure that the Constitutional rights of all Beaufort County residents and guests are upheld. At the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, an internationally accredited law enforcement agency since 2010, our operations are guided by recognized best, smart and ethical law enforcement policies and practices. I remain committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement services to Beaufort County; embracing the evolving needs of our community; and maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the Sheriff’s Office.

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Be on the lookout for missing 56-year-old Johnny Howard

On Jan. 7, 2022, family of 56-year-old Johnny Howard reported him missing. Johnny last had contact with his family in Dec. 2021; they are concerned for his safety. Johnny’s last known address was on Mango Rd., St. Helena Island, but he no longer resides there. It was learned that Johnny checked out of a hotel […]

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Ashton Cove barricaded subject incident safely resolved

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Ashton Cove Dr., Hilton Head Island to a report of a barricaded male subject. When deputies arrived, they learned that the subject was armed with a shotgun and fired it at least one time inside the residence. Deputies and […]

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Remembering LCpl. Dana Lyle Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen

“Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9″ Twenty years later the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office remembers LCpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen who were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Riley Road in Burton on January 8, 2002. LCpl. Tate […]

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Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office announces Social Media Policy and Terms of Use

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the creation and adoption of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Social Media Policy and Terms of Use. Please take a moment to review. The Sheriff’s Office encourages engagement and interaction on all our digital/social platforms; however, we ask that it follows the guidelines adopted.

Okatie woman reports mobile payment service scam

A 75-year-old Okatie resident reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office suspicious activity on her Venmo account. The woman said she listed a handbag on Facebook Marketplace and was contacted by an interested party through Facebook Messenger. As a result, the woman created Venmo account to complete the transaction. Shortly after sending the interested party […]

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31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman loses $15K in Bank of America scam

A 31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman reported to Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she received a text message from 808-400-4819 purporting to be a “Bank of America Fraud Alert” regarding an alleged transaction over Zelle, the bank’s digital service used to transfer money. The text message asked if she was attempting to make a […]

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graphic of two fallen deputies

Remembering LCpl. Dana Lyle Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen

“Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9″ Twenty years later the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office remembers LCpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen who were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Riley Road in Burton on January 8, 2002. LCpl. Tate […]

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Okatie woman reports mobile payment service scam

A 75-year-old Okatie resident reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office suspicious activity on her Venmo account. The woman said she listed a handbag on Facebook Marketplace and was contacted by an interested party through Facebook Messenger. As a result, the woman created Venmo account to complete the transaction. Shortly after sending the interested party […]

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31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman loses $15K in Bank of America scam

A 31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman reported to Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she received a text message from 808-400-4819 purporting to be a “Bank of America Fraud Alert” regarding an alleged transaction over Zelle, the bank’s digital service used to transfer money. The text message asked if she was attempting to make a […]

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Be on the lookout for missing 56-year-old Johnny Howard

On Jan. 7, 2022, family of 56-year-old Johnny Howard reported him missing. Johnny last had contact with his family in Dec. 2021; they are concerned for his safety. Johnny’s last known address was on Mango Rd., St. Helena Island, but he no longer resides there. It was learned that Johnny checked out of a hotel […]

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Ashton Cove barricaded subject incident safely resolved

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Ashton Cove Dr., Hilton Head Island to a report of a barricaded male subject. When deputies arrived, they learned that the subject was armed with a shotgun and fired it at least one time inside the residence. Deputies and […]

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