Lieutenant Renita L. Berry

Joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in 2001.
Originally from Bowman, S.C.

Lieutenant Renita L. Berry is Director of the Forensic Services Laboratory and a Forensic Chemist at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. She is responsible for the daily operations of the laboratory and activities of the staff. Lieutenant Berry also ensures that the Sheriff’s Office laboratory meets accreditation requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017. As a Forensic Chemist, she is responsible for the chemical analysis and identification of suspected illegal drugs and controlled and dangerous substances.

Prior to joining the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Berry worked as a Drug Chemist at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in the Drug Identification Department of the Forensic Services Laboratory from 1998-2001. While at SLED, she received her Class I Law Enforcement Officer Certification and initial training as a Drug Chemist.

Education

  • Webster University
    Master of Arts in Management
    December 2004
  • University of South Carolina
    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    December 1993

Military Service

  • South Carolina Army National Guard
    Retired Colonel
    1986-2020

Career Highlights

Training

  • Forensic Management Academy Management Training Course
    West Virginia University
    2012
  • Controlled Substance Analysis Certification of Competency
    SLED Forensic Chemistry Department
    1998
  • Forensic Chemist Seminar
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    1998
  • Numerous discipline and leadership training opportunities

Honors

  • Named South Carolina Deputy of Year by the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association in 2010
  • Awarded the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2003

Affiliations

  • American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors
    Member
  • Southern Association of Forensic Scientists
    Member
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    Member
  • American National Standards Institute-American Society of Quality National Accreditation Board (ANAB)
    Member

Community Involvement

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter

  • Campbell Chapel AME Church
    Bluffton