Employment Opportunities at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has many opportunities for employment. Employment with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office varies from sworn and non-sworn personnel. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Mission and Values

Commitment to Our Community

Our primary mission is to safeguard the lives and property of Beaufort County’s residents and guests.

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Our History

An Honorable Tradition

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has 250+ years of serving the community.

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Recruitment and Staffing Coordinator

Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
[email protected]


Yes. Due to the sensitive nature of law enforcement, a thorough background check is conducted by Sheriff’s Office investigators and applicants must undergo a polygraph test.

In addition to being at least 21 years old and a resident of Beaufort County, patrol deputies must be able to pass the following: Intensive background investigation, written standards testing, medical physical examination, polygraph testing, psychological testing and weapon familiarization course of fire

The hiring process includes an in-depth background investigation and testing. The process is normally completed within 60 to 90 days from the date a complete application packet is received. The process length may vary depending on the circumstances of each applicant. During each phase of the hiring process, the applicant’s file is reviewed coinciding with the phases listed below.

The benefits packages range for the different positions at the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol deputies can expect:

  • Health and dental insurance,
  • 401K and 457 Plans,
  • Progressive Salary Plan,
  • 13 paid holidays and 15 annual leave days,
  • Sick leave
  • South Carolina Police Officer’s retirement, etc.

Read more about patrol deputy benefits here.

Candidates for employment must maintain a clean criminal record: No Felony, serious misdemeanor, or convictions of any crime of moral turpitude.



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Reserve Deputy Program

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office’s Reserve Deputy Program offers citizens an avenue to serve the community while gaining experience in law enforcement.


Forensic Scientist Position Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

Forensice Science

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Laboratory, an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, is currently accepting applications for a Forensic Scientist position in the Chemistry Section.

Staff Attorney

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for prosecuting all Magistrate level offenses; negotiating cases and plea agreements; conducting bench and jury trials; presenting motions, pleadings, and arguments in court; and interviewing witnesses, police officers, victims, and others.


The patrol deputy prevents, detects and investigates crime, as well as serves civil processes and enforces court orders issued by Beaufort County’s courts.

Emergency Services Dispatcher

Dispatchers field calls through 9-1-1 and our non-emergency dispatch line, gathering information about incidents in Beaufort County.

Assistant E911 Systems Administrator

Duties include assisting the E911 Systems Administrator in the management of the Sheriff s Office E911 Dispatch Center and the Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue E911 Dispatch Center.

IT Systems

The IT Systems Administrator fully supports installing, configuring, maintaining and upgrading of network software and in-house servers. Integrating and installing new server hardware and applications.

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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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