Beaufort County Sheriff's Office


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Remembering LCpl. Dana Lyle Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen

“Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9″ Twenty years later the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office remembers LCpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. Dyke “A.J.” Coursen who were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call on Riley Road in Burton on January 8, 2002. LCpl. Tate […]


Be on the lookout for missing 56-year-old Johnny Howard

On Jan. 7, 2022, family of 56-year-old Johnny Howard reported him missing. Johnny last had contact with his family in Dec. 2021; they are concerned for his safety. Johnny’s last known address was on Mango Rd., St. Helena Island, but he no longer resides there. It was learned that Johnny checked out of a hotel […]

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Ashton Cove barricaded subject incident safely resolved

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Ashton Cove Dr., Hilton Head Island to a report of a barricaded male subject. When deputies arrived, they learned that the subject was armed with a shotgun and fired it at least one time inside the residence. Deputies and […]

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Get to know the Sheriff's Office

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, which includes the county’s Emergency Management Division, employs 340 people, including 245 sworn deputies and 95 support staff members. 

Meet Us Monday takes public behind the scenes

On Mondays, the Sheriff’s Office highlights one of our deputies or support staff personnel in “Day in the Life” style videos produced, filmed and edited by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office staff.

Learn more about Meet Us Monday by clicking here.


Lowcountry Law On Air is a 30-minute televised series on the Beaufort County Channel. This is an opportunity for the Sheriff’s Office to utilize another program that reaches the public regarding law enforcement issues. Topics include crime prevention, public safety, cold case investigations, crime trends, traffic safety, coordination between municipalities and local, state and federal agencies, as well as emergency management services regarding hurricanes and storms.

Lowcountry Law: On Air can be accessed on The County Channel by clicking here or through the following providers and channels: 

  • Comcast Channel: 2
  • Hargray Channels: 9 and 10
  • Spectrum Channel: 1304


You can watch past episodes and learn more by clicking here.


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.


Okatie woman reports mobile payment service scam

A 75-year-old Okatie resident reported to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office suspicious activity on her Venmo account. The woman said she listed a handbag on Facebook Marketplace and was contacted by an interested party through Facebook Messenger. As a result, the woman created Venmo account to complete the transaction. Shortly after sending the interested party […]

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31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman loses $15K in Bank of America scam

A 31-year-old Hilton Head Plantation woman reported to Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she received a text message from 808-400-4819 purporting to be a “Bank of America Fraud Alert” regarding an alleged transaction over Zelle, the bank’s digital service used to transfer money. The text message asked if she was attempting to make a […]

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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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