Colonel Allen Horton

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. 

In 2020, Horton was promoted to Colonel and remains as the Commander for the Enforcement Division. 


  • FBI, National Academy Associates, South Carolina Chapter

  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association

Col. Allen Horton


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