Proudly Serving the Citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

Proudly Serving the Citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

Pictured is Brian Baird wearing a suit with a yellow tie, BCSO lapel pin and glasses.

Captain Brian Baird

Joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in 2001

Originally from Keene, New Hampshire

Captain Brian Baird, a licensed polygraph examiner, not only conducts polygraph examinations, but oversees the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Polygraph Unit to ensure all examiners complete required training and licensing requirements. In addition, Captain Baird supervises the Intelligence Unit which conducts a variety of in-depth research to aid in the resolution of criminal investigations and the identification of crime patterns and trends, as well as the Digital Extraction Unit. He also serves as the Special Projects Officer for the agency.

Captain Baird began his career in law enforcement in Marine Corps Military Police. Eighteen months into that job, he was selected to become a Marine Criminal Investigator. After several years, the Naval Investigative Service, now known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), recruited Captain Baird to be a special agent. He remained with NCIS until his retirement from the Marine Corps.

Captain Baird joined the Sheriff’s Office in December 2001 and has served in the following capacities: criminal investigator; supervisor of the Northern Investigations Section; polygraph examiner, and investigator for the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps | 1981-2002

Career Highlights


  • U. S. Army Criminal Investigations School
  • U.S. Army Physical Security School
  • U. S. Army and U. S. Secret Service Protective Security Detail School
  • Polygraph School
  • Internal Affairs Institute National Certification


  • Recipient of two Navy Achievement Medals 
  • Recipient of Navy Commendation Medal
  • Assisted with numerous security details of American VIPs (Presidents, Commandants of U. S. Marines and other foreign services, various DOD personnel and other politicians)
    Recognized as the Rotary Club Officer of the Year (For saving a woman’s life after she was kidnapped in Georgia and brought to Beaufort County)


  • South Carolina Association of Polygraph Examiners | past President
  • American Association of Police Polygraphist
  • Federal Liaison Officer

Community Involvement

  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) | Chapter 12
  • Parris Island Golf Association