Sheriff P. J. Tanner

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Sheriff P. J. Tanner

Sheriff P. J. Tanner

"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)