Beaufort County Sheriff's Office



National Hurricane Preparedness Week | April 30-May 6, 2023

Be ready for hurricane season. Take action TODAY to be better prepared for when the worst happens. Understand your risk from hurricanes, and begin pre-season preparations now. Make sure you understand how to interpret forecasts and alerts, and know what to do before, during, and after a storm. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you […]


Hilton Head Island man arrested; charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, 3rd degree

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a third-party tip that 34-year-old Jared Smith may be in possession of images or videos that depict child pornography. Investigators sought to verify information received from the tipster. Earlier this week, through investigative efforts, probable cause was developed to obtain a search warrant for Smith’s residence on Hilton Head Island […]

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Jamie Bradley-Brun arrested; charged with murder of six year old child

Early this morning, May 19, 2023, at approximately 1:25 a.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Sam Doyle Drive, Saint Helena Island, SC after receiving a 911 emergency call where it was reported that there was a woman who was trying to drown her child. Deputies arrived and immediately detained 37-year-old […]

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Senior Citizen Crime Security and Safety

Senior citizens represent the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the United States. One in every eight American is currently age 65 or older, a total of more than 33.6 million. By year 2000, this number will increase to an estimated 35 million as baby boomers age and life expectancy increases.

By 2030, the number of senior citizens is expected to exceed 64 million in the U.S. Although national surveys indicate that senior citizens are the least victimized age group, they often exhibit the greatest fear of crime. This fear can at least partially be contributed to their fear of personal vulnerability.

Due to the natural consequences of aging, i.e., loss of hearing and/or eyesight along with other chronic and debilitating conditions, senior citizens perceive themselves as more vulnerable to physical injury if attacked. Senior citizens often live in isolation due to the loss of family members. They are also more likely to live in inner city neighborhoods that may have high crime rates.


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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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.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Office, visit our History page. 


Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office appreciate your partnership in the safety of our community.
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