Colonel David Brown

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.

Col. David Brown


Phone: 843-255-3220

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

2001 Duke St

Beaufort, South Carolina 29902


Phone: 843-255-3200

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