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)
     

Sheriff P. J. Tanner

Email: pjtanner@bcgov.net

Phone: 843-255-3191

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

2001 Duke St

Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

Email: BCSOWebsite@bcgov.net 

Phone: 843-255-3200

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