default default default default / [Element: ] [Element: ] default Lieutenant William Angelo Training Lieutenant wangelo@bcgov.net 843-255-3138 /Bios/Pictures/Angelo Yes Yes Administrative

Lieutenant William Angelo was born in Southern New Jersey and moved to Beaufort in 1995, where he was hired as a firefighter with the Beaufort City Fire Department. In October 1998, Angelo was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Angelo graduated the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in January 1999 and was assigned as a Patrol Officer in Northern Enforcement. In June 2001, he left the Sheriff's Office to work for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC as a Police Officer. Angelo returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in August 2003, where he was assigned to the Northern Enforcement as a Patrol Officer. In February of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to Southern Enforcement as an assistant shift supervisor.

In June 2008, Angelo transferred to the Training Section as the Assistant Training Officer. Angelo was meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant in February 2010, in the same position. In March 2014, he was meritoriously promoted to Master Sergeant. Angelo then became the training supervisor in September 2014 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, where he is currently assigned.

Education/Training:

  • Graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • Graduate of the Washington, DC Institute of Police Science
  • Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer
  • South Carolina Basic Instructor Development
  • South Carolina Firearms Instructor
  • South Carolina Field Training Officer Manager
  • South Carolina Ground Defense Instructor
  • PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor
  • ASP Baton Instructor
  • ALERRT Active Shooter Instructor
  • TASER Instructor
  • ASI ATV Instructor
  • GLOCK Armorer
  • Remington Armorer
Captain Bob Bromage Cold Case Investigator / Research & Development robertb@bcgov.net 843-255-3402 /Bios/Pictures/Bromage.png Yes Yes Administrative

Captain Bob Bromage, originally from Connecticut, moved to Beaufort in 1985 through his service in the Army. After an honorable discharge, he was employed by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1990. In 1991, he attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (basic course), where he received the Academy's highest academic award named after J.P. Strom, former director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

While assigned to patrol with the Southern Division on the midnight shift, Bromage developed an interest in criminal investigations and was given an opportunity to work as a detective in Southern Beaufort County in 1992. After several months of on-the-job training, he was promoted to Criminal Detective in 1993. While assigned as a Detective, Bromage pursued and was awarded an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State College in Savannah in 1996. Meanwhile his interest in the investigation of violent crime continued to grow.

Also in 1996, Bromage had the honor of being the first local law enforcement officer to be selected for the Leadership Hilton Head program, a course designed by the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce to stress community involvement and leadership. After completing this program in 1997, he was elected to serve for one year on the Leadership Hilton Head Board of Regents.

Throughout the 1990's, Bromage attended training courses in forensic science, interviewing and interrogation, along with other courses pertaining to the investigation of crime. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant supervising the Major Crime Unit, a countywide group of investigators focusing on violent crime.

Within that same year, Bromage was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assumed the position of Traumatic Death Investigator, focusing on cold case homicides and other death investigations requiring extensive case work. Two cold case homicides were solved within a few years of establishing this position.

In 2001, Bromage was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia - a three-month course in behavioral science, management science, crime analysis, constitutional law and other subjects critical to management level law enforcement officers. Upon graduation, he became active in the FBI National Academy Associates South Carolina Chapter, and served as president of the chapter for the years 2008 and 2009.

In 2006, while working as the Traumatic Death Investigator, Bromage was promoted to the rank of Captain and attained his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration through Park University in 2007.

From 2009-2014, Bob Bromage was the Branch Commander of Criminal Investigations for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. In this position, he oversaw the Northern, Southern and Drug Investigative Sections, as well as Victim's Advocates and Sexual Offender Registry. 

Captain Bromage currently oversees Cold Case Investigations, along with being involved in research and development for the Sheriff’s Office. He again is serving on the newly named Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Board of Regents 2013-2015.

Lieutenant Jefferson P. Dowling Accreditation Manager jdowling@bcgov.net 843-255-3294 /Bios/Pictures/Dowling.png Yes Yes Administrative

Lieutenant Jefferson P. Dowling, originally from New York, moved to Beaufort in 1967. A family tradition is what steered Dowling to a career in law enforcement. His father served as a Special Agent with the FBI for 32 years. An Uncle who was a South Carolina Highway Patrolman, another Uncle served as a Sheriff in Maine and his Grandfather was a Magistrate in Allendale County, South Carolina

Dowling began his career with the Beaufort Police Department in 1976 and was appointed Chief of Police in May 2000. He held a variety of positions with the city from patrolman to Shift Supervisor, Patrol Lieutenant and administrative Captain, then retiring after serving eight years as Chief of Police. Dowling served under former Chiefs of Police Jesse L. Altman Jr. and William Neill and credits both of them with his success in law enforcement.

Dowling received his appointment with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office on December 1, 2008. He is assigned to the Accreditation Unit as an Accreditation Manager. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received international accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on July 31, 2010. He also serves on the Sheriff's Office Alcohol Beverage Control Team.

Achievements:

  • Class I Law Enforcement Officer
  • Graduate of South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • State Constable Commission (Alcohol Enforcement)
  • Graduate of Palmer College, Charleston, SC
  • Associate Degree, Criminal Justice
  • Graduate 151st Session FBI National Academy
  • International Accreditation, Beaufort Police Department July 2007
  • International Accreditation, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office July 2010
  • South Carolina State Accreditation, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, August 2010
  • Radar Instructor (Inactive)
  • Law Enforcement Diver, Master, Rescue, 16 specialties (PADI)
  • Reserve Instructor (Inactive)
  • U.S. Coast Guard Captains License, Master 25 ton rating, towing
  • Police Motorcycle Operator
  • Datamaster (Inactive)
  • Marine Law Enforcement
  • Traffic Collision Reconstruction I

Memberships:

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association,
  • Past District 14 Representative
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • South Carolina Chapter FBI National Academy Associates
  • Beaufort County Chiefs Association, past President (Lifetime Member)
  • South Carolina Police Chief's Association (Lifetime Member)
  • South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Board, past member, Technical College of the LowCountry
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Board, past member, Academy for Career Excellence
  • Committee member, Charleston area law enforcement accreditation conference
  • Classic Car and Truck Club of Beaufort
Captain Alfredo Givens Administrative Division Special Operations Branch Commander agivens@bcgov.net 843-255-3503 /Bios/Pictures/Givens Yes Yes Administrative

Captain Alfredo H. Givens was born in Walterboro, South Carolina and grew up in the Sheldon Township of Beaufort County. Givens attended Beaufort County local schools and graduated from Battery Creek High School in 1989. Upon graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to attend Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and lettered in both football and track for the Tigers.

In September of 1993, Givens accepted a position at Beaufort Marine Institute to work with at risk youths. Givens worked in this position until he joined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in April of 1994. Givens attended and graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy during the period of April to June of 1994. In January of 1997, Givens accepted employment with Beaufort City Police Department where he worked as a patrolman and as a School Resource Officer. Givens returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in August of 1999.

Givens has held the ranks of Sergeant,Staff Sergeant, Master Sergeant and Lieutenant in the Administrative Division of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office assisting with supervising the School Resource Officer's, Courthouse Security, Community Resource Officers and Environmental Crimes Unit personnel. Givens has assisted in the implementation of the Sheriff's Office Juvenile Diversionary Programs: Success Motivation and Responsibility Training (SMART), Fresh Start and the Domestic Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP). He is also appointed as the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Evidence Section Auditor as required by the CALEA guidelines.

Education/Training:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree from Savannah State College
  • South Carolina Basic Law Enforcement certified
  • FBI Carolina Command College
  • Court Security Seminar
  • School Resource Officer Certified
  • Complete the National Association of School Resource Officers Management Training Course
  • National Association of School Resource Officer National Practitioner
  • PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor
  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Basic Instructor
  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Basic Crime Prevention Certified
  • United States Marine Corps Fundamentals of Total Quality Leadership Course
  • State of South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division Mass Fatalities Incident Response

Awards:

  • J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement 1997
  • Featured in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin October 1997

Memberships:

  • National Association of School Resource Officers
  • National Association of School Resource Officers National Practitioner
  • South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association

Additional Comments:

  • Sheriff's Office representative for the Sheldon Township Community Support Partnership
  • Sheriff's Office representative for County Council of Beaufort County Collaborative Services for Youth (COSY)
  • Sheriff's Office representative for Beaufort County School District's Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)
Master Sergeant Mike Jennings Training and Crime Prevention mjennings@bcgov.net 843-255-3287 / [Element: ] Yes Administrative default Captain Mark Mattox Administrative Branch Commander markm@bcgov.net 843-255-3265 /Bios/Pictures/Mattox.png Yes Yes Administrative

Captain Mark Mattox was born in Hawaii in 1960 and moved to Beaufort County in 1975. He graduated from Battery Creek High School and later attended the University of South Carolina. He joined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1985 and has served in many capacities.

Mattox spent the first 16 years of his career in the Patrol Division, working his way up to a supervisory position. He was one of the 15 members of the original SWAT Team established by the Sheriff's Office in 1987. While on the road, he attended and graduated from DARE Instructor School and was assigned collateral duties as a DARE Officer at Lady's Island Elementary School from 1993 to 1994.

In 2001, Mattox obtained the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the Administrative Division where he was promoted to Captain in 2006. While being attached to the Administrative Division, he attended and graduated from the National Fire Academy's Incident Command System Instructor School.

Captain Mattox is currently assigned as the Administrative Branch Manager where he oversees the Warrants Section, Civil Process and Judgments Section, as well as the FOIA Officer.

Rank Positions:

  • Patrolman
  • Patrolman First Class - Patrol
  • Corporal - Patrol
  • Sergeant - Patrol
  • Staff Sergeant - Patrol
  • Lieutenant - Administrative Division
  • Captain - Administrative Branch Manager

Training/Schools:

  • SWAT Team Member 1987
  • DARE Officer 1993-1994
  • Incident Command System Instructor School 1997
Captain Michael Riley Support Services Supervisor mriley@bcgov.net 843-255-3404 /Bios/Pictures/Riley.png Yes Yes Administrative

A native of Alabama, Captain Michael Riley joined the United States Marine Corps in 1986 and served until 1994. He is a veteran of the first Gulf War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also attended Park College while enlisted in the Marine Corps pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. In 1994 he was Honorably Discharged and soon after joined the Sheriff's Office.

After attending the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Riley was assigned first to Uniformed Patrol with the Northern Division and soon after was transferred to the Southern Division.

While working southern Beaufort County, Riley's interest in criminal investigations grew, and he decided to pursue this career path. He was selected and promoted to Criminal Detective in 1997 and performed these duties until 1999. During this time, Riley attended advanced training courses related to the various facets of criminal investigation. Coupled with training and experience, Riley realized the direct correlation between substance abuse and many of the crimes he had investigated and pursued a position on the Beaufort County Drug Task Force.

In 1999, Riley was selected and transferred to the Drug Task Force and promoted to the rank of Sergeant. While on the Drug Task Force, Riley attended additional advanced training in regards to investigating illegal drug activity and was responsible for many successful investigations and seizures that often crossed state lines.

Riley also served on the Beaufort County Special Weapons and Tactics Team while assigned to the Drug Task Force as a Perimeter Team member.

In 2002, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred back to the Southern Division Patrol as a Supervisor.

In 2003, Riley returned to the Criminal Investigations Branch as Supervisor of the Southern Investigative Section. He was meritoriously promoted to Master Sergeant. In this position, Riley supervised the eight investigators assigned along with the Bluffton and Hilton Head Victim Advocates.

In 2012, Riley transferred to the Support Services Unit which includes Criminal Records, Crime Analyst, Public Information, Public Relations and Software Applications.

In 2014, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and continues to serve as the Support Services Unit Lieutenant.

In 2016, Riley was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Captain and continues to serve as the Support Services Unit Supervisor. 

Lieutenant Chris Sankowski Special Operations Branch chriss@bcgov.net 843-255-3703 /Bios/Pictures/Sankowski.png Yes Yes Administrative

Lieutenant Chris Sankowski was born and raised in Neptune, New Jersey. After graduating from High School, he moved to Beaufort, South Carolina. Sankowski applied and was hired with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in August 1990. He attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in early 1991, graduating in April of 1991.

Upon completion of the academy, Sankowski was assigned to the Sheriff's Office Southern Enforcement Patrol on Hilton Head Island. A majority of the early part of his career was serving the Citizens of Southern Beaufort County. In 1993, he was promoted to the Investigative Section of Southern Beaufort County, where a majority of the cases he worked involved Juvenile Crime and Crimes against young children. After several years of working these crimes, in 1999 he was assigned to work Major Crimes in both Northern and Southern Beaufort County. This assignment entailed working current serious crimes, as well as cold cases from previous years that had occurred in the county.

In the later part of 1999, Sankowski was promoted to the Investigative Staff Sergeant responsible for supervising the Southern Investigative Section.

In 2001, Sankowski was promoted to Master Sergeant in the Southern Patrol Enforcement of the Sheriff's Office. This position was responsible for supervising all Investigators and Patrol Units in Southern Beaufort County.

In 2004, Sankowski was assigned to supervise the Beaufort/Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force. His job responsibilities were to oversee all drug investigations and arrests of individuals who are involved in the illegal drug trade. He handled all civil drug seizures for Beaufort County.

In 2013, Sankowski was promoted to Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Branch. His current responsibilities are to oversee the Southern Criminal Investigations, as well as the Drug Investigations Section. 

Accomplishments:

  • South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • D.A.R.E. Instructor
  • Basic Detective
  • Juvenile Procedures
  • Homicide Investigator
  • Blue Lightning Certification
  • Deputized U.S. Marshal
  • Drug Commanders Training
  • Certified Clandestine Lab Investigator
Lieutenant Thomas Vido Administrative Division tvido@bcgov.net 843-255-3266 /Bios/Pictures/Vido Yes Yes Administrative

Lieutenant Thomas Vido was born and raised in Beaufort County.  He attended Beaufort High School. In 1977, he began working as an arborist for Utilities Construction Company maintaining high voltage lines throughout the state, eventually earning a state supervisory position. In 1986, he switched careers to work as an electrician apprentice before eventually pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a law enforcement officer. 

In August 1991, that career started with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.  He was first assigned to the Southern Enforcement Division. In January 1993, he was promoted to the rank of Patrolman First Class. In April 1995, he was promoted to Corporal and served as assistant shift supervisor. In January 1996, he left the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to become a conservation officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. While serving as a DNR Officer, he carried a dual commission as a Federal Wildlife Officer.  In June 1997, he returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office where he was reassigned to the Southern Enforcement Division as a Sergeant.  In January 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and shift supervisor.  He was then transferred to the Northern Enforcement Division in June 1999. 

In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and assigned to the Administrative Division.  In November 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant where he oversees the civil process, warrants, and records departments. Over the span of his career, Lieutenant Vido has attended over 100 seminars and training conferences obtaining over 2,500 class room credited hours, as well as numerous instructor certifications.

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Corporal
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Patrol Staff Sergeant
  • Field Training Officer
  • Shift Supervisor, Enforcement Northern/Southern Division
  • S.W.A.T. Team Sniper
  • Marine Patrol Officer
  • Marksmanship Training Instructor
  • Master Sergeant, Administrative Division
  • Lieutenant, Administrative Division

 

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSIONS HELD

  • Deputized United States Customs Agent, “Blue Lighting” Task Force
  • Federal United States Wildlife Officer
Captain Glenn Zanelotti Recruiting and Staffing Officer gzanelotti@bcgov.net 843-255-3292 /Bios/Pictures/Zanelotti Yes Yes Administrative

Captain Glenn Zanelotti joined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in April 1991 as a Reserve Officer while serving as a Marine stationed at MCAS Beaufort. He left the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge after eight years of service and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in August 1991.

Zanelotti attended the South Carolina Justice Academy in January 1992. After graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy, he was assigned as a Patrol Officer in the Northern Enforcement. In April of 1993, he transferred to Drug Task Force and worked as a drug investigator for two years. In April 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to the Northern Enforcement as an assistant shift supervisor.

Zanelotti was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in February 2001 and took over as shift supervisor of a patrol shift. Zanelotti transferred to the Southern Enforcement in June 2004 to take over as the supervisor of a newly established Bluffton Shift Section and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant in the same position in May 2005. Zanelotti became the Master Sergeant of the Southern Enforcement in October 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the Operations Lieutenant for the Southern Enforcement in January 2006. Zanelotti was promotion to the rank of Captain in March 2014 and assigned as the Recruiting/Staffing officer for the Sheriffs Office.

During his time with the Sheriff's Office, Capt. Zanelotti has also worked several collateral duties which include SWAT Member and K-9 Bloodhound Tracking Team Member. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia 236th Session (2009).

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley Emergency Management Division neilb@bcgov.net 843-255-3223 /Bios/Pictures/Baxley.png Yes Yes Command

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley joined the Sheriff’s Office in July 1983 after a four year stint in the United States Marine Corps. While a Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Baxley was assigned as an Aviation Electrician on F4 Phantom fighter bombers.

The first ten years of his law enforcement career were spent in the Enforcement Division. During that time, he served three years in Northern Enforcement and then seven years in Southern Enforcement. It was during this period when Neil Baxley was promoted to Corporal (Assistant Shift Supervisor) and Sergeant (Shift Supervisor).

In 1993, he became the first full time Training Sergeant for the Sheriff’s Office and created a formal training program for the organization. In 1999, Sheriff P.J. Tanner promoted him to Captain and Deputy Division Commander for the Administrative Division. Two years later he commanded the Division at the rank of Major.

In 2003, he was reassigned to duties exclusively dedicated to homeland security, hurricane preparation and emergency planning. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the title of Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010.

On October 7, 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Baxley was appointed by Sheriff Tanner to become the third Emergency Management Director in the history of Beaufort County after the Sheriff’s Office absorbed the Emergency Management Division. His duties now include Emergency Management Director for Beaufort County, the 911 phone system, the communications system for all emergency responders in Beaufort County, the Central Dispatch Center, the Traffic Management Center and the Beaufort County Hazardous Materials Program. In addition to these responsibilities, he has oversight responsibility for the Enforcement Division and responds to all bomb, SWAT and Dive call-outs.

Colonel David Brown Chief of Staff davidb@bcgov.net 843-255-3220 /Bios/Pictures/Brown.png Yes Yes Command

Colonel David Brown was born in Perry, Ga. and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. After graduating from Stanton Vocational High School in the Duval County FL school system, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 7, 1969.

Brown completed Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC. He attended Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, NC and was promoted to Private First Class E2. Once completed, he attended Field Artillery School at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton , CA . After seven and half years in the Marines, he was promoted through the ranks to Gunnery Sergeant E7. On February 12, 1982, he was appointed as a Warrant Officer working in the field of Range Operations. Brown was promoted from a Warrant Officer to Chief Warrant Officer 2 on February 12, 1984; and, promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 on February 12, 1988, before retiring from the Marines Corps on April 1, 1990.

Two days after his retirement from the Marines Corps, Brown was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. He was promoted to Patrolman First Class in the Patrol Division July 6, 1991; Deputy Sheriff III as an Investigator of Internal Affairs Unit, July 4, 1992; Sergeant Supervisor of the Community Policing Unit, September 11, 1993; Lieutenant Branch Commander of the Community Services Branch, February 26, 1994; Captain Assistant Division Commander for Southern Beaufort County and the Town of Hilton Head, February 2, 1998; Major Commander of the Administrative Division, January 5, 1999; Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Staff, May 22, 2000; and Colonel, (After reorganization) Chief of Staff, January 17, 2006.

After his third year in the agency, he helped organize the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Community Oriented Policing Program. Because of its success, he was able to build on that program to help organize one of the first School Resource Officer Programs in the state of South Carolina. Under his supervision, both programs continued to grow.

During his time at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Brown has completed several law enforcement courses: Basic Crime Prevention, Police Internal Affairs, Drug Unit Commander, School Resource Officers, School Resource Officers - Practitioner, (NASRO), Critical Incidents In Schools, the Law Advisory Course on Safe Schools (three sessions), Managing Police Discipline, U. S. Department of Justice “A Partnership For Safe Schools” (four sessions) Management for Law Enforcement administrators, Legal Issues for Command-level, Analytical Aspects of Criminals, Overview of Forensic Science. Colonel David Brown has also completed the Instructor Development Course given at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at Quantico, Va., and has completed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy 188 th Session at Quantico, Va.

The Beaufort County School Resource Officer Program quickly became well known statewide, and Brown has been able to help start School Resource Programs in over 20 school districts and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. When the State of South Carolina established its School Resource Officers Association, David Brown was elected its first President. In 2000, he was named the Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year by South Carolina Association of School Resource Officers.

Colonel David Brown is presently assigned as the Chief of Staff for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Deputy Michael M. Hatfield Chief Deputy mikeh@bcgov.net 843-255-3192 /Bios/Pictures/Hatfield.jpg Yes Yes Command

Chief Deputy Hatfield joined the Sheriff's Office in 1974 as a Deputy Sheriff while attending Palmer College where he majored in Police Administration. In addition to attending college, Chief Hatfield has attended over 250 specialized seminars, training conferences and workshops covering relatively every police discipline to include, but not limited to: police administration, criminal investigation, handwriting analyzation, traffic accident reconstruction, crime scene photography, search & seizure, fire/arson investigation, hostage negotiations, field instructor development, drug smuggling investigation, forensic courtroom testimony, marijuana analyzation, constitutional law, asset seizure & forfeiture, management development, crisis intervention, internal affairs investigation, managing police discipline, human resources administration, budgetary formulation, preparation & presentation, federal and state grant writing, etc…

After being promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, he left in 1983 to accept a position as Special Agent with the South Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) - a State Police Agency charged with the criminal enforcement and administrative regulation of the storage, sale and consumption of beer, wine and liquor within licensed and unlicensed locations throughout the state. In 1986, he was transferred to the South Carolina Governor's Raid Team as a Special Agent assigned to drug law enforcement duties throughout South Carolina and the bordering states.

Hatfield rejoined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1989 as a Lieutenant assigned to Hilton Head Island as the Division Commander. In 1990, he was promoted to Captain and reassigned as Operations Officer at the Headquarters building in Beaufort.

In 1991, Hatfield was promoted to Chief Deputy. He held this position until 1995, wherein leaving to accept a position as a Senior Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (Internal Affairs) with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS). Hatfield was transferred to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in 1997 as a Senior Agent assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he remained until 1999.

In 1999, Sheriff Tanner appointed Michael M. Hatfield as Chief Deputy for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office; a position he has held ever since.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE SERVICE:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant-Patrol Supervisor
  • Field training Officer
  • Court Liaison-General Sessions Court
  • Internal Affairs Investigator
  • Lieutenant- OIC Southern Division
  • Captain- Headquarters Operation Officer
  • Chief Deputy

STATE POLICE SERVICE:

  • Agent - Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
  • Special Agent -South Carolina Governor's Raid Team
  • Senior Inspector- South Carolina Department of Public Safety
  • Senior Agent- South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • South Carolina State Constable

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSIONS HELD:

  • Special Deputation – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Special Deputy United States Marshal

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS:

  • 1980 Recipient of “ Who's Who in American Law Enforcement ” Award
  • 2005 J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
  • 2010 Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement

HONORARY COMMISSIONS AND APPOINTMENTS:

  • Appointed a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Paul E. Patton (2000)
  • Commissioned an Honorary Alabama Colonel by Governor Don Siegelman (2000)
  • Bequeathed By Proclamation an Honorary Citizen of Alabama by Governor Don Siegelman (2000)
Lieutenant Colonel Allen Horton Enforcement Division allenh@bcgov.net 843-255-3264 /Bios/Pictures/Horton Yes Yes Command

Lieutenant Colonel Allen Horton was employed with BCSO in 1989 and was assigned to the Northern uniform patrol section as a patrol deputy. In 1990, Horton attended the SCCJA and received training in basic law enforcement. Horton graduated with honors and upon returning to BCSO, he was promoted to Patrolman First Class. Horton was assigned Northern uniform patrol section working night shift. This position included all aspects of law enforcement investigations, prevention, detection and training. 

In 1990, Horton attended criminal investigation training and in 1992 worked temporarily in Northern Criminal Investigations. 

In 1992, Horton was promoted to Corporal and became a front line Supervisor on a Northern patrol shift. 

In 1993, Horton became a member of the BCSO SWAT Team and began participating in cases involving such situations as barricaded suspects, hostage rescues, downed officer/citizen rescues, drug raids, attempted suicides, high risk warrant services and VIP escorts. Horton received specialized training in Chemical Munitions, Combat Handgun, Waterborne Operations, Disturbance and Riot Control and attended the Counterdrug Special Reaction Team Course.

Horton continued to work as a patrol deputy and developed an interest in working a Police K-9. 

In 1995, Horton began working with the PMO K-9 Unit at USMC Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, and he completed Narcotics certification with K-9.

In 1996, Horton was assigned to the BCSO Drug Task Force as a Narcotics investigator. Horton worked narcotics investigations and utilized the K-9 to assist in narcotics detection. While working with the DTF, Horton received advanced training and attended many drug seminars. Specialized training included:

  • Drug/narcotics Interdiction
  • Technical Surveillance
  • K-9 Management
  • U.S. Customs - Blue lightning
  • Field Tactical Police Operations
  • Counterdrug Investigations Course
  • Counterdrug Commanders Course

In 1998, Horton was promoted to Sergeant and worked as an assistant Supervisor in the Drug Task Force.

In 1999, Sheriff P.J. Tanner promoted Horton to Lieutenant, Northern Enforcement Branch. This supervising assignment included responsibility for the four uniform patrol shifts in Northern Beaufort County. 

In 2001, The Northern Investigations Section was added in the Northern Enforcement Branch. 

In 2001, Horton also assisted with the acquisition of a Remotec, Andros Robot, and became a member of the Robot Team. As a Lieutenant, Horton attended advanced training in the areas of Leadership and Management Principals, Crime Analysis and was certified as a Firearms Instructor. 

In 2003, Horton was promoted to Captain, Commander of the Northern Enforcement Branch. Horton has attended advanced training as a Captain in the areas of Cyber Investigations, Intelligence Led Policing, Civil Liability and Risk Management and Executive level Leadership. 

In 2005, Horton attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The three month course covered training in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness. Officers participated in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they shared ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines. Horton graduated in 223Rd Session of the FBI National Academy.

In 2013, Horton was selected for and attended the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Narcotics Commanders School, which was held at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C.

In May of 2013, Horton was promoted to Major and currently serves as the Enforcement Division Commander. 

In July of 2015, Horton was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and will serve as the Enforcement Branch Commander. The Enforcement Division includes the Northern Enforcement Branch, Southern Enforcement Branch, Southern Investigation Section, Northern Investigations Section, Drug Investigations Section and the Special Operations Section.

Affiliations:

  • FBI, National Academy Associates, South Carolina Chapter
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association
Lieutenant Colonel William R. Neill Administrative and Support Services Divisions wneill@bcgov.net 843-255-3295 /Bios/Pictures/Neill.png Yes Yes Command

William (Bill) Neill, is a lifelong resident of South Carolina. He is a native of Beaufort, a graduate of Beaufort High School. In 1968 while attending college he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 101 st Airborne Division, 2nd of the 506 Infantry, Viet Nam. Neill has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 168.

Neill began his law enforcement career in 1971 with the Orangeburg Police Department, South Carolina serving for over 12 years in various positions from Patrolman to Acting Police Chief. 

From 1983 to 1988 Neill served as the Chief of Internal and Criminal Investigations and the Chief of Law Enforcement Operations at the Savannah River Site, United States Department of Energy; 1988 to 1993 the Chief of Police in Camden, South Carolina 1993 to 2000 the Chief of Police in Beaufort , South Carolina; 2000 to 2006 a Deputy Director with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety; 2006 to 2008 the Director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy; and a Project Manager with the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center. 

Major Richard Roper Administrative Division Commander rickyr@bcgov.net 843-255-3184 /Bios/Pictures/Roper.png Yes Yes Command

Major Roper was born in Beaufort and continued to live here his entire life. He joined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1984 and has served in many capacities:

  • Patrol Officer, Patrolman First Class
  • Drug Task Force Officer
  • SWAT Team Member (1987-1990)
  • Detective
  • General Sessions Coordinator
  • Detective IV Supervisor
  • Lieutenant, Administrative Division (1999)
  • Captain, Administrative Branch (2001)
  • Major, Administrative Division Commander (2006)

Training/Certifications:

  • Graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • South Carolina Sheriff's Association Mid-Level Management Training
  • Range Master - 3 years
  • Marine Patrol Officer - 7 years
  • Certified Armorist in Glock, Smith and Wesson, Colt AR
  • Certified Firearms Instructor, Levels 1 and 2
  • Certified Law Enforcement PADI Diver
  • Certified Basic Development Instructor, Level 1
  • Certified Marine Theft Investigator
  • Certified Investigator- Level 1
  • Basic Narcotics Investigator
  • Advanced Narcotics Investigator
Sheriff P. J. Tanner Sheriff default default /Bios/Pictures/SheriffTanner_2010_flgs.png Yes Yes Command

"Three days after my 21st birthday, I joined the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. There has never been a question in my mind about what I wanted to do. I feel the same pride and resolve and enthusiasm today about serving as a law enforcement officer as I did then. As I have continued to gain a broader scope of experience, I have become even more committed to serving Beaufort County as Sheriff."

THE SHERIFF'S CREED:

"I believe in equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all regardless of race, creed, sex, age, physical disability or political affiliation."

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

  • Life-long resident of Beaufort County
  • Home: Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Married to Angela McCall of Greer, South Carolina - Magistrate Judge/Attorney
  • Political Affiliation: Republican
  • Graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (1981)

SERVICE TRACK:

  • 1981 to 1994: Beaufort County Sheriff's 
    • Uniform Patrol Division
    • Patrol Supervisor
    • Boat Patrol Officer
    • Law Enforcement Instructor
    • Court Liaison Officer
    • Criminal Investigator
    • Internal Affairs Officer
    • Former SWAT Team Leader
    • Former Drug Task Force Commander
    • Former Southern Division Commander
  • 1995 to 1998: South Carolina Department of Public Safety
    • South Carolina Bureau of Protective Services Investigator for Executive Legislative, Judicial and Administrative Branches of South Carolina State Government
    • South Carolina Department of Public Safety State Highway Patrol Special Weapons and Reaction Team
    • South Carolina State Transport Police Drug Enforcement Liaison
    • Member of Statewide Special Traffic Alcohol and Radar Team, specializing in enforcement of Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations through certification by the United States Department of Transportation
    • Liaison for and member of the Environmental Protection and Enforcement coordinating sub-committee for the United States Attorney's Office
  • 1998
    • Elected as Sheriff of Beaufort County
  • 1999 - 2003:
    • First 4 year Term
  • 2002
    • Re-Elected
  • 2003 - 2007:
    • Second 4 year Term
  • 2006
    • Re-Elected
  • 2007 - 2011:
    • Third 4 year Term
  • 2010
    • Re-Elected
  • 2011 - 2015:
    • Fourth 4 Year Term
  • 2014: 
    • Re-Elected
  • 2015 - 2019: 
    • Fifth 4 year Term 

ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT:

  • South Carolina Sheriff's Association
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officer's Association
  • Beaufort County Republican Party
  • Beaufort Area Republican Club
  • Sun City Republican Club
  • Bluffton Republican Club
  • Hilton Head Island Republican Club
  • Beaufort Federation of Republican Men
  • Former Member Corporate Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Low Country
  • Former Member South Carolina Law Enforcement
  • Training Council
  • Beaufort County Transportation Advisory Group
  • (TCL) Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
  • Elected 2006-2007 District #4 Representative South Carolina Sheriff's Association - Board of Directors
  • Legislative Committee for South Carolina Sheriff's Association
  • Elected 2010-2011 President of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS:

  • Children's Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness - International Children's Empowerment Award (2000)
  • Special Recognition of Exemplary Support to the United States Marshals Service (2001)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration - Support of Narcotic Law Enforcement (2001)
  • Beaufort Jasper Academy for Career Excellence - Business Partner of the Year (2005)
  • Special Appreciation of Support - FBI/NAA South Carolina Chapter (2008)
  • First Army Division East - Outstanding Support to Command's Critical Training "Warriors Training Warriors" (2008)
  • Leadership Award - Sun City Hilton Head Safety and Service (2009)
  • The Keepers of the Flame Award - NAACP Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Branch (2009)
  • Beaufort County Council Commends: Professionalism, Expertise and Leadership of Service (2009)
  • Diamond Pharmacy Services Excellence Award (2009)
  • The Men and Women of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office - "Part of Your Team" (2009)
  • South Carolina Sheriffs' Association - South Carolina Sheriff of the Year (2009)
  • Appointed Special Deputy United States Marshal for South Carolina (2010)
  • Partnership for Public Safety Nominee 2011 (from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • South Carolina Republican Party Local Government Award (2011)
  • Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) Certificate of Appreciation (2014)
Captain Matthew Averill Communications Officer mattav@bcgov.net 843-255-3216 /Bios/Pictures/Averill Yes Yes Emergency Management

Captain Matthew Averill was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1961. He graduated Hull High School in Hull, Massachusetts in 1979. He attended Springfield College from 1979-1980. In 1981, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Firefighter Specialists School at Chanute AFB, in Champaign, IL.

Upon completion of his Air Force Specialty School, Averill was stationed at Royal Air Force Base Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire, England. During his time at RAF Upper Heyford, he was assigned as a Station Captain at a small satellite base, RAF Croughton, after being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was transferred after three and one half years in England to McConnell Air Force Base in Witchita, KS, until the end of his Air Force enlistment in 1985.

In November of 1985, Averill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Forward Area Air Defense Gunner (FAAD Gunner) School at Fort Bliss, TX. He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. During his time at Camp Pendleton, he was responsible for all equipment and real world Stinger Weapons for the 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense (3rd LAAD) Battalion, multi­ million dollars of Stinger shoulder fired missiles. He was also a Moving Target Simulator (MTS) Instructor for Stinger Weapons.

In 1990, Averill made a lateral transfer and attended Air Traffic Control School at NAS Millington, TN. Upon graduation from ATC School, he was transferred to MCAS Beaufort as an Air Traffic Controller until he was Honorably Discharged at the end of Operation Desert Storm.

Averill was hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in April of 1993. He was promoted through the ranks from Patrolman First Class, Detective, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Master Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.

In 2001, the Office of Professional Responsibility was formed by Sheriff Tanner and Averill was placed in charge of this unit. The Office of Professional Responsibility, or O.P.R., conducts administrative investigations of all warranted complaints against any employee of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in order to determine possible violations of Sheriff's Office policies and/or procedures.

As a Deputy Sheriff, Averill has attended many law enforcement related schools and seminars, to include numerous off duty classes at the Armstrong State College Regional Criminal Justice Training Center. He is also a certified School Resource Officer Practitioner, Licensed Polygraph Examiner since 1999, Certified Forensic Law Enforcement Polygraph Examiner since 2003 and was a guest instructor at the American Association of Police Polygraphists National Conference in 2005.

In January 2011, Matthew Averill was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with the Investigations Section of the Enforcement Division.

In May 2016, Matthew Averill was promoted to his current rank of Captain with the Northern Enforcement Division. 

Lieutenant Chuck Runnion Logistics Officer crunnion@bcgov.net 843-255-4002 /Bios/Pictures/Runnion Yes Yes Emergency Management

A native of Waco, Texas, Lieutenant Chuck Runnion joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976 and retired after serving twenty years on active duty. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Duty stations during his career with the Marine Corps include the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland; U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland; 1st Bn, 4th Marines, 29 Palms; CA; 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Okinawa, Japan; MCAS, Beaufort, SC, as well as Drill Instructor and Instructor, Drill Instructor School at MCRD Parris Island.

While still on active duty, Lieutenant Runnion joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in November, 1996 and was assigned as Patrol Officer. During this period, Runnion served as a Law Enforcement Sniper on the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team; as well as, a member of the Sheriff’s Office Bloodhound Tracking Team. In January 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as Assistant Shift Supervisor. In June 2002, Runnion left the Sheriff’s Office and served two years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as an International Police Officer. During this period, he served as Patrol Officer, Chief of Operations, Peje Police Station and ultimately as the Regional Chief of Operations Officer, Peje Region.

Upon completion of this assignment, Runnion again joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in October 2004. In July 2006, Runnion was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Southern Enforcement Division.

In 2007, Runnion was assigned to Investigations-Southern Enforcement Division and served in that capacity until he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in October 2009. Upon promotion to Staff Sergeant, he was assigned as Shift Supervisor-Northern Enforcement Division.

In February 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  He serves as the Emergency Management Division’s Logistics Officer, thereby coordinating support between local emergency response departments, as well as state and federal emergency response agencies.  In this capacity, he is tasked with providing essential personnel, services and supplies to Beaufort County and local municipalities in emergency situations.

Lieutenant Robert Tuten Planning Officer bobbyt@bcgov.net 843-255-4000 /Bios/Pictures/Tuten Yes Yes Emergency Management

Lieutenant Robert Tuten was raised in Ridgeland, SC. After graduating from Thomas Heyward Academy, he attended Wingate College located in Wingate, North Carolina. After attending Wingate College, he then transferred to the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  In 1990, he graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

In 1991, Lieutenant Tuten was hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office as a uniformed patrol officer and assigned to the Southern Division.  That same year, he graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy with honors. Since that time, Lieutenant Tuten has served in many different facets while employed with the sheriff’s office.  He has attended many specialized schools and has acquired multiple instructor certifications. 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Staff Sergeant
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Criminal Investigator Staff Sergeant
  • Drug Investigative Section Master Sergeant
  • S.W.A.T. Team Leader
  • Environmental Crimes Unit Master Sergeant
  • Court House Security Master Sergeant
  • Emergency Management Master Sergeant

CERTIFICATIONS: 

  • Firearms Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Departmental Armorer
  • Taser Instructor
  • Less Lethal Instructor
Captain Jim Walton Communications Officer / Telecommunications jimw@bcgov.net 843-255-3185 /Bios/Archive/Walton.png Yes Yes Emergency Management

Captain Jim Walton was born at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1956. He was raised in Aiken and Beaufort County. In 1975, Walton graduated from Sheldon Academy and shortly thereafter he joined the Sea Pines Forest Beach Fire Department on Hilton Head Island. He worked as a firefighter for two years before joining the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office as a Road Patrol Deputy in 1977.

In 1980, Walton moved to back to Aiken to work at the Savannah River Plant (known today at the Savannah River Site) until 1999. During this time, he worked various jobs in Security, Patrol, Training, Electrical, and Maintenance. In addition, he worked with the New Ellenton Police Department, assigned to road patrol, investigations, and Drug Task Force.

In early 1999, Walton left Savannah River Plant and New Ellenton Police Department to rejoin the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff P.J. Tanner. Since then, Walton has served the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office as:

  • Staff Sergeant, Administrative Division - Criminal Records
  • Staff Sergeant, Administrative Division - General Sessions Court
  • Lieutenant, Administrative Division - Criminal Intelligence, Records, General Sessions, and South Carolina Information Based Reporting System
  • Lieutenant, Headquarters Section - Quartermaster / Telecommunications
  • Captain, Emergency Management Division - Communications Officer / Telecommunications

Accomplishments:

  • Graduate of the South Carolina Fire Academy (1976)
  • Graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy - 1978 and 2000
  • Graduate of Patrol Security Academy Savannah River Plant (1981)
  • Graduate of Electrical & instrumentation School Savannah River Plant (1985)
  • Graduate of Mechanical School Savannah River Plant (1988)
  • Graduate of Mechanical Planning, Scheduling & Procurement Buying School Savannah River Plant (1990)
  • Mechanical Manger Savannah River Plant (1990 - 1999)
  • Commander of the First Criminal Intelligence Unit
  • District 14 Representative of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association
Major David J. Zeoli Deputy Division Commander dzeoli@bcgov.net 843-255-4035 /Bios/Pictures/Zeoli Yes Yes Emergency Management

Major David J. Zeoli serves as the Emergency Management Division’s point of contact for all emergency services, homeland security matters; as well as, supervising program managers for communications and all technical support. He also serves as the primary liaison for all military installations both in and outside of Beaufort County. Major Zeoli interfaces with federal, state, and local personnel on operational issues, and partners with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Volunteer Organizations Active during a Disaster (VOAD) leadership in formulating the policies, program goals, and objectives for other counterpart agencies at the state level.

Zeoli retired from the United States Marine Corps after serving twenty years on active duty. He continues to share his military background and experience as a volunteer member of the South Carolina State Guard and with the Civil Air Patrol. David has served within Emergency Management for the past several years and has been certified by the State of South Carolina as a Certified Emergency Manager. In addition, he is a Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor and holds a technician class amateur radio operator license.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Park University
  • Continuing graduate studies in Public Administration, Park University

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Leadership Beaufort, Graduate
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Association
  • The International Emergency Management Association
  • The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Rotarian with the Sea Island Rotary Club
  • Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association
  • American Veterans, Lifetime Member
Lieutenant Robert Arbelo Northern Enforcement Branch rarbelo@bcgov.net 843-255-3215 /Bios/Pictures/image-coming-soon.png Yes Yes Enforcement

Lieutenant Robert Arbelo was born and raised in NYC. However, in 1986, he came to Beaufort, SC via the US. Marine Corps, where he worked at Parris Island as a marksmanship instructor. In January 1989, he began his law enforcement career as a Patrol Officer in Northern Beaufort County and after 4 years was promoted to Detective.

In 1995, Arbelo went to work for the Beaufort City Police Department as an Area Specific Community Police Officer which was a Pilot Program for Beaufort’s Community Policing Initiative.

In 1997, Arbelo returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, as a Sergeant, in order to serve as BCSO’s first Victim’s Advocate. Additionally, he serves as one of BCSO’s Spanish Translators.

In 2000, Arbelo transferred back to Criminal Investigations where he investigated a variety of criminal cases, up to and including:  violent crimes and juvenile crimes.  He also served as the assistant Investigations Supervisor.

In 2006, Arbelo was promoted to Staff Sergeant and transferred to the Southern Enforcement Branch to serve as a Patrol Shift Supervisor for D-Team. But in 2007, he was transferred to the Northern Enforcement Branch to serve as a Patrol Shift Supervisor for D-Team North.

In 2009, Arbelo was promoted to Master Sergeant and assigned as the Supervisor over the Northern Enforcement Branch. In this capacity, he oversaw daily operations of Patrol, Animal Control, and the Special Enforcement Unit.

In May 2016, Arbelo was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Assistant Branch Commander of the Northern Enforcement Branch.

Captain Kyle Blackmon Special Operations Captain kblackmon@bcgov.net 843-255-3705 /Bios/Pictures/Blackmon Yes Yes Enforcement

Captain Kyle Blackmon is a native of Ridgeland, South Carolina.  He moved to Columbia South Carolina and graduated from Dutch Fork High School in 1997.  While attending the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College, he served in a Charge of Quarters position with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.

In 2000, Captain Blackmon began his law enforcement career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and was assigned to Beaufort County.  In 2002, he transferred to the State Transport Police and worked in seven counties encompassing the low country of South Carolina.  Captain Blackmon began his career with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office in March of 2004.  Blackmon has attended many specialized schools and has acquired multiple instructor certifications.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Traffic Enforcement Officer
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Patrol Staff Sergeant
  • Tactical Operations Master Sergeant
  • S.W.A.T. Team Leader
  • Bloodhound Tracking Team Supervisor
  • Dive Team Supervisor
  • Bomb Technician
  • Crime Suppression Unit Supervisor
  • Environmental Crimes Unit Supervisor
  • Special Operations Units Supervisor

ACHIEVEMENTS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Firearms Instructor
  • Active Shooter Instructor
  • Graduate of FBI Hazardous Devices School
  • Certified Bomb Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Technician I
  • Certified Public Safety Diver
  • Member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
  • Member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association
Major James Bukoffsky Division Commander jimbu@bcgov.net 843-255-3502 /Bios/Pictures/Bukoffsky Yes Yes Enforcement

Major James Bukoffsky was raised in Northern Ohio. He joined the United States Army were he served for 13 years. Rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class assigned as the Senior Instructor United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon leaving the military, he was trained and certified as an Ohio Peace Officer serving for two years with The Stark County Sheriff Office. Captain Bukoffsky joined the Beaufort County Sheriff Office in 1990 and served until 1998. Then he accepted a Master Patrolman position with The Beaufort Police Department until late 1999 when he rejoined The Beaufort County Sheriff Office.

He has served as Patrol Officer, Assistant Shift Supervisor, Criminal Investigator, Criminal Investigations Supervisor, Northern Enforcement Branch Master Sergeant, Northern Enforcement Branch Operations Lieutenant and Northern Enforcement Branch Captain. 

While serving as the Enforcement Branch Lieutenant he was responsible for the testing, purchasing and implementation of the Digital In-Car Camera Systems.

Major Bukoffsky is currently the Enforcement Division Commander and Hostage Negotiation Team Commander.

Education/Training:

  • U.S. Army Basic Training
  • Field Artillery Advanced Training
  • Special Weapons Training/Certification
  • U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School
  • Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course
  • Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course
  • Ohio Peace Officer Certification
  • Ohio Basic Correction Officer Certification
  • Graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer
  • South Carolina Basic Crime Prevention Certification
  • South Carolina Basic Investigations
  • South Carolina Advanced Investigations
  • Crime Scene Investigations (IPTM)
  • Death Scene Investigations (IPTM)
Lieutenant Todd Calhoun Special Operations tcalhoun@bcgov.net 843-255- /Bios/Pictures/image-coming-soon.png Yes [Element: ] Enforcement Coming Soon Lieutenant Jason Covington Southern Enforcement Division Assistant Commander jcovington@bcgov.net 843-255-3306 /Bios/Pictures/Covington Yes Yes Enforcement

Lieutenant Jason Covington moved to Beaufort County in 1995 after graduating from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies. Covington joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in September of 1995. He graduated the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in November of 1995 and was assigned to Uniform Patrol in Southern Beaufort County.

It was then in 1997, Covington passed qualifications to join the SWAT Team and several months later became a patrol dog handler for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure as a K9 Handler/Tactical Officer, Covington was assigned to Special Operations. Covington was trained in Tactical Entry at Heckler and Koch International Training Division, Counter Drug Mobile Training at the United States Army Military Police School, Tactical Water borne Operations, Domestic Drug Highway Interdiction by the Florida National Guard/DEA, Vehicle Concealment Compartments at the Institute of Police Technology and Management, Man Tracking Skills at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Master Handler Level at American Society of Canine Trainers. In January 1998, Covington was wounded by gunfire while tracking an armed robbery suspect with his K9 Arno. For his actions, Covington received the Medal of Honor from the State of South Carolina and numerous other awards from local fraternal chapters.

In 2001, Covington left Special Operations and took a position as a Criminal Investigator. While in Investigations, Covington honed his skills regarding interviews, interrogations and the forensic science of latent fingerprints. Covington was trained in fingerprint identification and was labeled an expert witness in court. Some of the training he received as an Investigator was Basic Investigations, Use of Criminal Informants, Behavioral Aspects of Death Investigations, Reid Technique of Interviews and Interrogations, Criminal Gang Investigations, Statement Analysis and Forensic Interviewing of Children. During his time as an Investigator, Covington was promoted to Assistant Supervisor with the rank of Sergeant.

In 2004, Covington was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and assigned as a supervisor of a road patrol shift. In 2005, he was again promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and assigned as the administrative supervisor of Southern Enforcement Uniform Patrol. Covington continued his training in leadership and supervision by attending the Carolina Command College hosted by the FBI.

In 2014, Covington was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant over the Southern Enforcement Uniform Patrol. Lieutenant Covington recently attended the South Carolina Law Enforcement Commanders School. Lieutenant Covington continues to serve the community of Beaufort County in his current position.

Master Sergeant Andrew Faucett Southern Enforcement Branch afaucett@bcgov.ent 843-255- / [Element: ] Yes Enforcement default Captain Scott Johnson Special Operations Captain scottj@bcgov.net 843-757-1575 ext. 236 /Bios/Pictures/Johnson.png Yes Yes Enforcement

Captain Scott Johnson is a native of Huntington, West Virginia. After graduating from Huntington East High School in 1983, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, B Company 307th Engineer Battalion.

After receiving an honorable discharge, Johnson attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV and received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology. While pursuing a Criminal Justice degree, he completed two internship programs with the Ashland Police Department in Kentucky and the Kentucky Coalition for Highway Safety.

Captain Johnson began his Law Enforcement career with Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1990. Johnson has attended over 100 specialized seminars and training conferences and has acquired numerous instructor certifications.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Marine Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Corporal
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Field Training Officer
  • Narcotics Investigator 
  • K-9 Handler
  • Bomb Technician
  • Lieutenant Tactical Operations Section
  • Captain Tactical Operations Section
  • S.W.A.T. Team Commander
  • Bomb Squad Commander
  • Bloodhound Unit Commander
  • Dive Team Commander

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • 1994-2001 Clinton Presidential Detail S.W.A.T. Coordinator
  • 1996 Summer Olympics S.W.A.T. Coordinator
  • Developed Sheriff's Office Active Shooter Training and SOP 
  • Developed S.W.A.T. Maritime Operations Training and SOP 
  • Incorporated WMD Capabilities into S.W.A.T. Team
  • Incorporated County Paramedics into S.W.A.T. Team
  • Homeland Security Type I Capable S.W.A.T. Team

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSIONS HELD

  • Deputized United States Customs Agent , “Blue Lightning” Task Force

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Distinguished Graduate South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • Medal of Valor Recipient
  • Beaufort County Sheriff's Office 2006 Top H-K Pistol Shooter Award
  • Hilton Head Jaycee's 1997 Young Islander Award
  • Team member of 1994 Spartanburg S.W.A.T. Competition Championship team
  • Certified A.S.C.T. Police Canine Handler
  • Graduate of FBI Hazardous Devices School
  • Certified Bomb Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Technician I
  • Certified Public Safety Diver

MEMBERSHIPS

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • National Police Bloodhound Association
  • National Association for Search and Rescue
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • International Tactical Officers Training Association
  • International Bomb Technicians Investigators Association
  • Public Safety Divers Association
Master Sergeant Alan Langford Northern Enforcement Branch alangford@bcgov.net 843-255- / [Element: ] Yes Enforcement default Captain Jeff Purdy Northern Enforcement Branch Commander jpurdy@bcgov.net 843-255-3403 /Bios/Pictures/Purdy.png Yes Yes Enforcement

Lieutenant Jeff Purdy was raised in Coral Springs, Florida. After graduating from JP Taravella High School he attended Brevard College located in Brevard, North Carolina. He graduated Brevard College in 1989 with an Associates Arts degree. After graduating from Brevard College he enrolled at Western Carolina University located in Cullowhee, North Carolina. In 1991, he graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

In 1992, Purdy attended the Broward Community College Criminal Justice Academy. After the 16 week Police Academy, he graduated and was hired by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. In 1993, he moved to Hampton, South Carolina after being hired by the Fairfax Police Department located in Fairfax, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office hired him as a uniformed patrolman.

Purdy served as a uniformed patrolman, serving the Northern Beaufort County community. In 1994, he became a member of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. He served on the SWAT team as a member of the entry team from 1994 through 2000. In 1996, Purdy was promoted to the rank of Corporal, transferring into the Northern Enforcement Criminal Investigations Branch. As a Criminal Investigator, he worked an array of Criminal Investigations, ranging from forgeries and burglaries to rapes, robberies and murders. In 2000, Purdy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Branch. Purdy continued to successfully investigate a variety of criminal activity serving this community as a Criminal Investigator. Throughout his career as a Law enforcement Officer and Criminal investigator he has attended numerous courses which include: Child Physical and Sexual Abuse, Interview and Interrogation, Sexual Battery, Homicide and Crime Scene Processing. In 2001, Purdy also completed a three week Forensic Science Training Course at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Forensic Services Laboratory. The forensic science training course focused on crime scene processing and evidence collection and preservation for forensic evidence.

In 2002, Purdy was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred back to the patrol division to supervise a Northern Beaufort County patrol shift. As a patrol supervisor, he successfully supervised and managed ten patrol officers. In 2003, he was transferred back to Criminal Investigations to supervise and lead the Northern Criminal Investigations Section, the Victim's Advocates and the Sex Offender Registry. Purdy continued to further his education by attending several Criminal Investigations Management Courses, Advanced Homicide and Cold Case Courses. In addition, Purdy taught Junior Officers and Junior Investigators the importance of crime scene preservation, evidence collection, and documentation, as well as Crime Scene Processing. In 2006, Purdy was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant where he continued to oversee the day to day operations of the Northern Criminal Investigations Section, Victim’s Advocate and Sex Offender Registry.

In 2014, Purdy was transferred to the Administrative Branch, Special Operations Division. Here he was responsible for overseeing the day to day operation as they apply to the safety and security of the Beaufort Courthouse, Beaufort and Bluffton Magistrate's Courts, the Environmental Crimes Unit and the Marine Patrol. In September, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. This promotion included a transfer back to the Enforcement Branch as the assistance commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. This includes Criminal Investigations, Victim’s Assistance and the Sex Offender Registry.

Captain Jerome Spencer Northern Enforcement Branch Commander jspencer@bcgov.net 843-255-3278 /Bios/Archive/Spencer1 Yes Yes Enforcement

Jerome Spencer went to School in Beaufort County but after high school he joined the U.S. NAVY. After boot camp, he went to Great Lakes to A- School where he became a Boiler Technician and was assigned to the USS SIERRA in Charleston, S.C. During his time in the U.S. Navy, most of it was spent in the Mediterranean Sea maintaining and repairing boilers on Navy Ships. After eight years in the Navy, which was 1984, he came home and in 1985 began his career with the Beaufort County Sheriff`s Office. 

In June of 1986, he graduated the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and became a certified Law-Enforcement Officer assigned to patrol division. In 1988, he became a certified Open Water Diver and then went to Law-Enforcement Diver Phase III at the SCCJA. 

In 1988, he was promoted to Corporal.

In 1992, he was promoted to Sergeant.

In 1996, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

In 2003, he was promoted to Master Sergeant.

In 2009, he was promoted to Lieutenant.

In 2015, he was promoted to Captain. 

During his time with the Beaufort County Sheriff`s Office, he has been to a lot of training schools. He has been a Firearms Instructor since 1996, a Smith and Wesson armorer, a Glock armorer and a Remington shotgun armorer. He is also a Field Training Officer. He attended Mid–Level Management school and the FBI`S Carolina Command College in 2009. He has also been the SWAT Team Leader and in charge of the Sheriff`s Dive Team.

Capt. Spencer is currently the Northern Enforcement Branch Commander.

Captain Kyle Blackmon Special Operations Captain kblackmon@bcgov.net 843-255-3705 /Bios/Pictures/Blackmon Yes Yes Enforcement

Captain Kyle Blackmon is a native of Ridgeland, South Carolina.  He moved to Columbia South Carolina and graduated from Dutch Fork High School in 1997.  While attending the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College, he served in a Charge of Quarters position with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.

In 2000, Captain Blackmon began his law enforcement career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and was assigned to Beaufort County.  In 2002, he transferred to the State Transport Police and worked in seven counties encompassing the low country of South Carolina.  Captain Blackmon began his career with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office in March of 2004.  Blackmon has attended many specialized schools and has acquired multiple instructor certifications.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Traffic Enforcement Officer
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Patrol Staff Sergeant
  • Tactical Operations Master Sergeant
  • S.W.A.T. Team Leader
  • Bloodhound Tracking Team Supervisor
  • Dive Team Supervisor
  • Bomb Technician
  • Crime Suppression Unit Supervisor
  • Environmental Crimes Unit Supervisor
  • Special Operations Units Supervisor

ACHIEVEMENTS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • Firearms Instructor
  • Active Shooter Instructor
  • Graduate of FBI Hazardous Devices School
  • Certified Bomb Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Technician I
  • Certified Public Safety Diver
  • Member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
  • Member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association
Captain JoJo Woodward Southern Enforcement Branch Commander joeyw@bcgov.net 843-255-3702 /Bios/Pictures/Woodward Yes Yes Enforcement

Captain JoJo Woodward was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and was raised in both Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Woodward joined the Hilton Head Island Fire Department in 1984 and graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy.

In 1986, he began his law enforcement career with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1987.

In 1991, Woodward went to work for the Hardeeville Police Department as Patrol/Drug Interdiction Officer but returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 1992 where he continued in Investigations and Drug Enforcement.

Woodward was temporarily assigned to the DEA Beaufort Office from 2000-2001 and returned to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in 2005 to serve as Commander for the Beaufort/Jasper Multi-Agency Drug Task Force and was promoted to Lieutenant.

In 2013, Woodward was promoted to Captain and currently serves as Captain of the Southern Enforcement Branch which consist of Southern Patrol Section, Marine/Beach Patrol, Airport Security, K-9 Team, Hilton Head Special Enforcement Unit, Southern Investigation Section and the Drug Investigation Section.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE SERVICE

  • Patrol Officer
  • Marine Patrol Officer
  • Dive Team
  • Deputized United States Marshall
  • Deputized DEA Officer (Atlanta Field Division)
  • Major Crime Unit
  • Hostage Negotations
  • Multi Agency Drug Task Force Commander
  • Southern Enforcement Commander

ACHIEVEMENTS/TRAINING

  • 2014 Strom Thurmond Award
  • Midlands Technical College – Homicide Investigations
  • S.C. Department of Corrections – Hostage Negotiations
  • U.S. Customs Service Blue Lightning Strike Force
  • Charleston County Fugitive and Extradition
  • S.C. Criminal Justice Academy Select Fire – Field Course
  • South Carolina Crisis Negotiation Association
  • DEA / IRS Money Laundering
  • DEA TFO training (Atlanta Field Division)
  • Emergency Management Institute – FEMA Incident Command System
  • St. Petersburg College - Hotel / Motel / Stash House Investigations
  • St. Petersburg College – Mexican Drug Trafficking / Terrorism Funding Narcotics
  • Tri-County Technical College – Confiscation and Forfeiture Laws of South Carolina
  • S.C. Department of Public Safety – SCCJA Specific Skills Instructor
  • Certified Law Enforcement Diver II
  • Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Officer of Year 2003
  • Beaufort Exchange Club Law Enforcement Officer of Year 2004
  • Graduate of the South Carolina Fire Academy
  • Graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy
  • Graduate of the 10th LECC Drug Commanders School
  • Commander of the First Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force
  • Member of the North Carolina Narcotics Association
  • Graduate of the 2012 South Carolina Law Enforcement Commanders School
  • Certified in Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies
Master Sergeant Andres Florencio Southern Investigations Supervisor andresf@bcgov.net 843-255-3305 / [Element: ] Yes Investigations default Lieutenant Brian Baird Office of Professional Responsibility brianb@bcgov.net 843-255-3405 /Bios/Pictures/Baird.png Yes Yes Investigations

Lieutenant Brian Baird was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire. He graduated from Keene High School and attended Keene State College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Military Policeman. While attending Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC, he meritoriously promoted to Private First Class prior to graduation.

He was then stationed at Camp Lejuene, NC. He served as a Military Police Patrolman for 18 months and was then selected to become the Evidence Custodian within the Criminal Investigations Division and began on-the-job training to become a Criminal Investigator. He later attended the U. S. Army Military Police Criminal Investigator's School at Fort McClellan, Alabama and served as a USMC Criminal Investigator at various Marine Corps Bases in the U.S. and in Japan.

In 1992, Baird returned to MCAS Beaufort and was subsequently selected to become a Marine Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. While serving with NCIS, he worked General Crimes, Counter Narcotics Operations, Cold Case Homicides, Protective Service Operations, and Force Protection Operations in the Middle East. Baird attended numerous schools and training while serving in the Marine Corps and with NCIS and has been decorated for his service to our country.

In 2001, after two assignments in the Middle East, Baird and his family decided to retire to the Beaufort area; and in December 2001, he was hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office as an Investigator with the Northern Investigations Section. Since then, he has worked numerous criminal investigations to include death investigations, missing persons, cold case unresolved homicides, kidnappings, sexual abuse cases, child molestation cases and was a member of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force.

Baird continued his training by attending additional courses related to law enforcement. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as the Northern Investigations Section Assistant Supervisor. He continued to work criminal cases while also assisting to supervise the section. Then in 2006, Baird was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in place within the section.

In 2009, he was selected to attend polygraph school at the American International Institute of Polygraph in Morrow, Georgia. After graduating from polygraph school and passing the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Polygraph Intern testing procedure, he was assigned additional duties to assist with conducting polygraphs for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office within the Office of Professional Responsibility. In 2010, Brian completed his Polygraph Internship and was fully licensed as a Polygraph Examiner in the state of South Carolina. He continued to be the assistant supervisor and a case investigator while also conducting polygraph examinations for Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

In 2011, Brian Baird was promoted to Master Sergeant and selected to fill the newly created billet of Special Investigator. He administered polygraph examinations, and conducted internal investigations related to complaints from citizens, as well as conducted special investigations as directed.

In September 2014, Baird was meritoriously promoted to Lieutenant.

In 2017, Baird was elected President of the South Carolina Association of Polygraph Examiners (SCAPE). 

Lieutenant Brian Chapman Northern Investigations Lieutenant bchapman@bcgov.net 843-255-3417 /Bios/Pictures/image-coming-soon.png Yes Yes Investigations

Lieutenant Brian Chapman was raised in Chesnee, South Carolina.  After graduating from Chesnee High School, he enrolled in the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001.  He worked in the private sector for one year before moving to Beaufort, South Carolina and was hired by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 2002, he was assigned as a Uniform Patrol officer in the Northern Enforcement Branch.  During this time, he served as the D-Team Traffic Enforcement Officer and a collateral duty was as a Beach Patrol Officer.  After obtaining the rank of Lance Corporal, Lt. Chapman was re-assigned to the Northern Enforcement Criminal Investigations Section. 

During his time as a Criminal Investigator, Lt. Chapman worked cases ranging from Homicide, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, and White Collar Crime.  In 2006 as a Lance Corporal, he received the Jessie Altman Award for Law Enforcement Excellence for his work in a high profile Kidnapping/Sexual Assault case he led.   Also during his time in the Northern Criminal Investigations Section, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and later received a meritorious promotion to Sergeant.  Lt. Chapman was also certified as a Specific Skills Instructor and taught new deputies Crime Scene Processing and Preservation.

In 2012, Lt. Chapman was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and transferred to the Southern Enforcement Criminal Investigations Section.  During his time there, he supervised the day to day operations of the unit, in addition to working cases.  In 2014, Lt. Chapman was selected for promotion to Master Sergeant and transferred back to the Northern Enforcement Criminal Investigations Section. He supervised Criminal Investigations, Victim’s Advocate, and the Sex Offender Registry.  Lt. Chapman graduated from the 2015 Carolina Command College. 

Lt. Chapman was selected for his current rank in 2016 and transferred to the Special Operations Section where he supervises the Crime Suppression Unit, Alcoholic Beverage Control Team, and Crime Scene Unit.  He attended numerous advanced training classes throughout the South East, including a three week Forensic Science Training Course at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Awards/Memberships

  • 2006 Jessie Altman Award for Law Enforcement Excellence
  • 2015 Carolina Command College
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Association
  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

 

Master Sergeant Jeremiah Fraser Northern Investigations Supervisor jfraser@bcgov.net 843-255-3416 / [Element: ] Yes Investigations default Lieutenant Angela Viens Southern Investigations Lieutenant angelav@bcgov.net 843-255-3406 /Bios/Pictures/Viens Yes Yes Investigations

Lieutenant Angela Viens is a native of Beaufort County.  She was born in Bluffton and has spent most of her life there.  Lieutenant Viens graduated from Hilton Head High School and continued her education at Coker College in Hartsville, SC.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Coker College where she also competed in intercollegiate volleyball.  She graduated in May 1996 and began her career with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office shortly thereafter. 

Lieutenant Viens began her career as a patrol deputy in August 1996.  She was assigned to Southern Enforcement.  She was selected as a field training officer, responsible for training newly hired troops in 1997.   In January 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Corporal and transferred to the Southern Investigations Section.  Lieutenant Viens spent the next 15 years in the Investigations Section, promoting through the ranks to Master Sergeant.   She was selected as Southern Beaufort County’s “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club in 2005.

As an Investigator, Lieutenant Viens worked all facets of criminal investigations.  She received training and advanced education in many fields associated with investigations.  As the Master Sergeant over the section, she was responsible for directing and supervising the daily operations of the Southern Investigations Section.  In February 2014, she transferred to the patrol section to broaden her experiences in enforcement.  She was responsible for the daily operations of the Southern Enforcement road patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit and Airport Security.  Viens was promoted in July 2015 to Lieutenant, to serve over the Southern Enforcement Investigations Section.   She is responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and administration of the daily activities of personnel assigned to the Investigations Section.  She provides managerial guidance and oversight for both criminal investigators and victim’s advocates.

 

Education/Training

  • Bachelor of Science, Coker College, 1996
  • Certified Law Enforcement Officer, SCCJA, 1996
  • Field Training Officer
  • Train the Trainer, Law Enforcement Census Office, and USC
  • Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, Public Agency Training Council
  • Specific Skills Instructor, SCCJA
  • Basic Detective, SCCJA
  • Cutting Edge Issues in Law Enforcement, US Dept. of Justice
  • Cold Case Seminar, NCIS
  • Investigation of Fatal Child Abuse from the Medical Perspective, SC Commission on Prosecution Coordination
  • Sex Offender Investigations, SLED
  • Basic Fingerprint, SCCJA
  • Advanced Criminal Domestic Violence Investigations, SCCJA
  • Forensic Pathology for Police in Fatal Criminal Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Robbery/Burglary Investigations, Public Agency Training Council
  • Practical Homicide Investigations, PHI Investigative Consultants
  • Identity Theft Investigations, Public Agency Training Council
  • Criminal Case Management, Public Agency Training Council
  • Crime Scene Processing, Institute of Police Technology and Management
  • Developing Law Enforcement Managers, Institute of Police Technology and Management
  • Sexual Victimization of Children
  • Introduction to Incident Command System
  • Homicide Conference- Regional Organized Crime Information Center
  • Cold Case Seminar, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association
Lieutenant Renita Berry Forensic Services Laboratory Director rberry@bcgov.net 843-255-3602 /Bios/Pictures/Berry Yes Yes Property and Evidence/Forensic Services

Lieutenant Renita L. Berry is a native of Bowman, South Carolina. After graduating from Bowman High School, she attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry. She continued her advancement in education achieving a Master’s of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University.

Renita began her career as an Analytical Chemist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). After four years with DHEC, she accepted a Forensic Chemist position with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Under the umbrella of forensic, she specialized in the Identification of Controlled and Dangerous Substances. While at SLED, she graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy thereby obtaining her certification as a Class I Law Enforcement Officer. As a Forensic Chemist with SLED, she testified as an Expert Witness through-out the state.

In 2001, Renita was recruited by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in order to establish the County's Drug Analysis Laboratory. Upon accepting this new career path, she resigned from SLED, moved to Beaufort County and officially opened the doors to the laboratory in March 2002. In 2008, with the additional forensic disciplines/sub-disciplines of Biology/DNA and Ignitable Liquids Identification, she was promoted to Lieutenant and appointed as the Laboratory Director of the BCSO Forensic Services Laboratory. In 2011, the laboratory successfully achieved International Accreditation through the Forensic Quality Services Forensic Accreditation Program. 

Professional Training

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement (SLED) Forensic Drug Chemist Certification
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Forensic Drug Chemist Certification
  • West Virginia University Forensic Management Academy
  • Various Continued Educational Courses Related to Controlled Substance Identification
  • Various Courses Related to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation 

Achievements

  • J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement -2003
  • South Carolina Sheriff's Association Deputy of the Year- 2010

Memberships

  • Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS)
  • American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)
  • American Society of Crime Directors (ASCLD)
  • Forensic Quality Services (FQS)
  • University of South Carolina Alumni Association

Additional Comments

  • University of South Carolina (Beaufort) – Adjunct/Guess Instructor on Request
  • South Carolina Army National Guard – Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Jacqueline D. Legree Evidence and Property Room Supervisor jackiew@bcgov.net 843-255-3202 /Bios/Pictures/Legree Yes Yes Property and Evidence/Forensic Services

Lieutenant Jacqueline D. LeGree was born in Hemingway, South Carolina. After graduating from high school, she attended South Carolina State University and received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-law. She continued her advancement in education achieving a Master’s of Arts Degree from Webster University.

In 1991 and after graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Jacqueline began her law enforcement career as a Correctional Officer with the Orangeburg-Calhoun Detention Center.

In 1994, she began the next phase of her law enforcement career and joined the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Officer. She worked for the citizens of Orangeburg City as a police officer and a firefighter.

In 1999, Jacqueline was recruited and joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office as a Victim’s Advocate. In 2001, she was promoted to Staff Sergeant and served as the Victim’s Advocacy Unit Supervisor.

In 2005, she was promoted to Staff Sergeant and became the General Sessions Coordinator. During this time, she was responsible for maintaining the integrity of all General Sessions’ cases and presentment of cases to the Beaufort County Grand Jury. In the nine (9) years serving within this capacity; Jacqueline was promoted to Master Sergeant.

In 2014, she was promoted to Lieutenant and currently supervises the Evidence and Property Section. She also continues to oversee the daily operations of the General Sessions Section.

ACHIEVEMENTS/TRAINING:

  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • SC Law Enforcement Commanders School
  • SC Fire Academy
  • International Association for Property & Evidence