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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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St. Helena Island shooting under investigation; one man injured

At approximately 4:20 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim on Harold Rivers Rd., St. Helena Island. When deputies arrived, they learned a man had been shot several times by an unknown subject. Beaufort County Emergency Services paramedics were called to the scene and transported the […]

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Andrew Graves, 19, of Lady’s Island arrested for multiple counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Over the past few months, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators followed up on leads received from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) initiative of child sexual abuse imagery being uploaded to social media sites from computers/electronic devices by an unknown subject on Lady’s Island. The investigation revealed that the child […]

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Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Recruiting Event

Beaufort County will host its first ever multi-agency law enforcement recruiting event in August. It’s an effort to ensure all county agencies with open positions can recruit quality candidates interested in the law enforcement profession. Participating Agencies: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Beaufort Police Department Port Royal Police Department Yemassee Police Department Bluffton Police Department   […]

Hilton Head Island woman loses more than $60,000 in scam

A Hilton Head Island woman lost more than $60,000 in a scam. At the end of last week, the woman received an email from who she believed to be the Geek Squad at Best Buy. The email stated her protection plan was going to renew and if she wished to cancel the renewal, she needed […]

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Hilton Head Island woman loses more than $100,000 in scam

A Hilton Head Island woman falls victim to a scam, losing $130,000. The woman reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office she had hand delivered more than $100,000 to an individual who claimed to be a government agent. She had been scammed. The scam started with a phone call at the end of June. The […]

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Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Recruiting Event

Beaufort County will host its first ever multi-agency law enforcement recruiting event in August. It’s an effort to ensure all county agencies with open positions can recruit quality candidates interested in the law enforcement profession. Participating Agencies: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Beaufort Police Department Port Royal Police Department Yemassee Police Department Bluffton Police Department   […]

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Hilton Head Island woman loses more than $60,000 in scam

A Hilton Head Island woman lost more than $60,000 in a scam. At the end of last week, the woman received an email from who she believed to be the Geek Squad at Best Buy. The email stated her protection plan was going to renew and if she wished to cancel the renewal, she needed […]

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Hilton Head Island woman loses more than $100,000 in scam

A Hilton Head Island woman falls victim to a scam, losing $130,000. The woman reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office she had hand delivered more than $100,000 to an individual who claimed to be a government agent. She had been scammed. The scam started with a phone call at the end of June. The […]

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St. Helena Island shooting under investigation; one man injured

At approximately 4:20 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim on Harold Rivers Rd., St. Helena Island. When deputies arrived, they learned a man had been shot several times by an unknown subject. Beaufort County Emergency Services paramedics were called to the scene and transported the […]

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Andrew Graves, 19, of Lady’s Island arrested for multiple counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Over the past few months, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators followed up on leads received from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) initiative of child sexual abuse imagery being uploaded to social media sites from computers/electronic devices by an unknown subject on Lady’s Island. The investigation revealed that the child […]

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