Partners in public information
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office works closely with local media to help keep the community up-to-date and informed about important safety issues and to raise awareness about Sheriff’s Office initiatives, public health concerns, such as drug overdoses, as well as potential threats to area, including major storms and criminal activity.
Our public information team responds promptly to all media inquiries and can help guide you to the resources needed for publication or broadcast.
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The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the right of the public to be informed on matters concerning public safety and the welfare of the citizenry and property.
The Sheriff’s Office further recognizes the media must be free and independent to provide this information to the public.
To this end, the Sheriff’s Office will cooperate fully and impartially with authorized media personnel by assisting their efforts to gather factual public information pertaining to activities of the agency, as long as these activities do not unduly interfere with agency operation.
The Sheriff’s Office will work to establish a working relationship with the news media through the established Public Information Officer.
Effective media relations are a very important element to the overall success of the Sheriff’s Office.
The media is the Sheriff’s Office connection to the public, and the media is a vital and necessary factor to effective prevention of crime and community problems. Our daily interaction with the media makes it imperative that the Sheriff’s Office establishes and maintains a rapport with the media that is built on trust and mutual respect.
The Sheriff’s Office recognizes the right of the media to gather facts and report their findings to the public. The public relies on the media for vital information everyday through many different means. The different media outlets have various deadlines, operating procedures and specific types of information that they need.
It is the policy of the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that all information distributed to the public through the media be fair and accurate. The Sheriff’s Office recognizes that the media has a right to do their jobs, and the personnel of this agency will always strive to be honest, courteous and professional when dealing with the media.
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: Note
“Office” and not “Department.”
deputy or deputies: Law enforcement officers with sheriff’s offices are sworn deputies
Emergency Management Division or EMD: The division of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responsible for disaster preparedness and response, including major storms
Lowcountry Law: On Air: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office program on The County Channel
Major Bob Bromage: Public Information Officer for Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff P.J. Tanner: First elected Sheriff of Beaufort County in 1998, he was sworn in as Sheriff in January 1999. He is currently serving his sixth consecutive term as the county’s Sheriff.
In accordance with South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office makes incident reports filed over the past 14 days available to the public for inspection and copying at our offices.
Our Hilton Head Island office is at 70 Shelter Cove Lane. Our Beaufort office is at 2001 Duke St.
Our records department is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To obtain incident reports filed more than two weeks ago, please fill out a Freedom of Information Act Request here.
In accordance with the South Carolina law (Section 23-1-240), data recorded by a body-warn camera is not a public record subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Contact our Public Information Officer, Major Bob Bromage, at 843-816-8013.
The best way to stay informed about the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is to subscribe to our Nixle news alert system. Click here to sign up.
No. If you plan to attend a news conference with equipment that requires an electrical outlet, please call assistant public information office Liz Farrell at 843-575-3950 or email her at [email protected] to make arrangements.
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news conferences will be announced through our Nixle news alert system, as well as on all of our social media accounts.
News conferences will be streamed live on our Facebook page.