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]


Sworn personnel will be required to take a polygraph test. 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 upon start date, patrol deputies must be able to pass the following: Intensive background investigation, written standards testing, medical physical examination, polygraph testing, psychological testing, weapon familiarization course of fire, and an interview board.

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. 

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.



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.



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

Class 3 Advanced
School Resource Officer (SRO)

A Class 3 Advanced School Resource Officer is a sworn law enforcement officer who works within Beaufort County School District’s elementary schools.

Emergency Services Dispatcher

Emergency Services Dispatchers (ESDs) are an integral component of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Our Communications Center is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and the Emergency Services Dispatcher is the first voice someone in need hears when they call for help.

Information Technology Systems Analyst

The Analyst provides installation, maintenance and support of servers and backup systems in physical and virtual environments, as well as provides technical work regarding the installation and maintenance of hardware and software support.

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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.