Data and Statistics
A snapshot of violent crime in Beaufort County
As we continue to hear about increasing levels of violence in the United States, it is important for the public to know what we are doing to address the issue in Beaufort County.
Although Beaufort County and its municipalities are safe communities, we do see a significant amount of gun violence and domestic violence, much of which is committed by repeat offenders.
Through publicly available data from the 14th Judicial Circuit Public Index, in the interest of providing Beaufort County residents and guests with a better understanding of the nature and prevalence of firearms charges, domestic violence charges, court dispositions, recidivism and the invariable impacts on public safety, we have prepared two reports.
Our weapons report outlines firearms-related charges filed in the county since 2010. Our report on domestic violence outlines charges since 2015, when South Carolina’s laws on domestic violence were updated to address increasing violence against women.
We will continue to track and make available to the public the status of firearms-related, domestic violence-related and all cases directed to the General Sessions Court.
Annual Crime Overview
These summaries are submitted to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division each year by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and reflect the number of violent crimes and property offenses reported in unincorporated Beaufort County.
Calls for Service
This data set captures the types of monthly incidents that our deputy sheriffs are dispatched and respond to or initiate action on based on their observations, such as driving under the influence. The data also includes proactive patrols, which include patrols of business and residential areas, as well as conducting extra patrols that have been requested the request of residents and businesses.
These reports reflect traffic stops made in Beaufort County by Sheriff’s Office deputies that resulted in written warnings. Written warnings do not result in prosecution or fines.
These reports reflect traffic stops made in Beaufort County by Sheriff’s Office deputies that resulted in a Uniform Traffic Ticket being issued. These tickets are known as “citations.” Citations may result in court appearances, fines and in sanctions from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Office of Professional Responsibility — commonly known as “Internal Affairs — is responsible for all administrative investigations surrounding allegations of misconduct within Sheriff’s Office.
Administrative investigations can be initiated by supervisors within the Sheriff’s Office or prompted by a citizen complaint.
The Sheriff’s Office publishes annual summaries of investigations conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility. Click below for our most recent annual summaries:
Annual Use-of-Force Reports
It is the policy of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to use the minimal amount of force necessary to deal with any given set of circumstances. In no instance shall any deputy sheriff exercise the use of force without due consideration for the safety of the general public, other deputies or the safety of suspects. The mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to apprehend criminal offenders and bring them before the proper court for the administration of justice according to law.