Major Bob Bromage
Major 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, Bob 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 1995. Meanwhile his interest in the investigation of violent crime continued to grow.
Also in 1996, Bob 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. In addition, he served on the newly named Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program Board of Regents 2013-2015.
Throughout the 1990's, Bob 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, Bob 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, Bob 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, Bob 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 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.
Bob is currently the Public Information Officer and oversees Cold Case Investigations for the Sheriff’s Office. In December 2018, Bob completed Anderson University’s Command College of South Carolina and was awarded a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Major Bob Bromage