Proudly Serving the Citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina

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Proudly serving the residents and visitors of Beaufort County, South Carolina

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

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.

Applicants who successfully complete the selection process will be provided all equipment and training at no charge.

Applicants must meet all the same requirements as full-time officers. This includes intensive background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological examination, and a physical fitness test. 

Once accepted into the training program, Reserve Deputy Sheriff Training will require approximately two to three months of classes to meet the state-required 140 hours. This training will be held on weekday evenings and some weekends.

After completing the training course and passing the state-administered test, applicants will become Reserve Deputy Sheriffs with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Reserve Deputies are required by state law to perform a minimum of 20 hours of service per month to maintain their certification and to attend in-service training on a monthly basis.

The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to our citizens. With this program, our citizens can share with us our pride in this dedication.

  • Investigate crimes
  • Obtain and serve arrest warrants
  • Perform building checks
  • Complete detailed written reports
  • Search and transport prisoners
  • Respond to any and all dispatch calls received
  • Inspect equipment and vehicle
  • Record traffic/criminal citations
  • Prosecute cases in court
  • Testify in General Sessions Court or higher
  • Operate the patrol vehicle and all vehicle equipment
  • Perform foot patrols
  • Assist other agencies as required
  • Investigate traffic accidents
  • Direct traffic and conduct traffic safety checkpoints
  • Assist in the training of new deputies as assigned
  • Communicate all major/critical incidents to Command Staff
  • US Citizen
  • 21 years of age minimum
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid S.C. driver’s license (upon hiring)
  • Registered S.C. voter (upon hiring)
  • Resident of Beaufort County (upon hiring)
  • Fluent in the oral and written communication of the English language
  • Clean criminal record: No felony, serious misdemeanor or convictions of any crime of moral turpitude
  • Good credit history
  • Good driving record: no DUI or DUS convictions in the past five years
  • Candidates who have been in the military must have received an Honorable Discharge

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office shall comply with the South Carolina Code of Laws 23-23-60 (B) referred to as the South Carolina Training Act regarding a candidates eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer in South Carolina.

South Carolina Code 23-23-60 (B) sets the minimum standards for law enforcement certification in South Carolina. The Sheriff’s Office exceeds these minimum standards for Deputies hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in some situations.

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • An application under oath on a format prescribed by the Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
  • Evidence that the candidate has completed high school and received a high school diploma; equivalency (military or other) recognized and accepted by the South Carolina Department of Education or South Carolina.
  • Evidence that the candidate is physically fit to fulfill the duties of a law enforcement officer. Such proof must be in obtaining a complete medical history by a licensed physician or medical examiner and a complete medical examination.
  • The candidate has not been convicted of any criminal offense that carries a sentence of one year or more or a criminal offense that involves a crime of moral turpitude. The forfeiture of bond, a guilty plea, or a plea of nolo contendere is considered the equivalent of a conviction.
  • Candidate must be a person of good character as established by an in-depth background investigation. In determining good character, consideration must be given to all law violations, including traffic and conservation law convictions, prior history of alcohol and drug abuse, etc.
  • Candidate must have a valid and current state driver’s license with no record during the previous five years for suspension of the driver’s license as a result of driving under the influence, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter, or leaving the scene of an accident.
  • A favorable credit check.
  • Fingerprints that show the candidate has no felony convictions.
  • The candidate must be photographed.
  • Evidence that the candidate’s present age is not less than twenty-one years.
  • If the candidate has successfully completed a course of law enforcement training by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or another law enforcement training Academy, copies of the documents must be obtained.
  • No convictions for criminal domestic violence.
  • No excessive traffic tickets or convictions for Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol, driving with a suspended driver’s license or leaving the scene of a traffic accident within the last five (5) years.
  • Must have a responsible credit history.
  • Must pass an in-depth background investigation.
  • Must pass a reading and comprehension test, scoring a minimum of 70% out of a possible 100.
  • Must successfully pass an Oral Interview Board.
  • Must pass a medical examination, drug test, psychological screening and a polygraph examination.
  • Must pass the Sheriff’s Office physical agility course in 3 minutes or less.
  • Must successfully complete all of the training and certification requirements mandated by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
  • Must be able to qualify with the agency issued weapons.
  • Graduated from an accredited high school or obtained a GED. College graduates or candidates who are bilingual are encouraged to apply.
  • Deputy Sheriff’s must be willing to be assigned to any Branch within the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Candidates who have been in the military must have received an Honorable Discharge.
  • This is an unpaid position.
  • The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office provides all uniforms and equipment.

Reserve Deputy Program Coordinators

Captain Will Angelo
[email protected]

Lieutenant Mike Jennings
[email protected]

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.