Professional Standards

The goal of the Office of Professional Standards is to ensure the integrity and professionalism of the Sheriff's Office by investigating all allegations of serious officer misconduct, overseeing other complaints made against office employees, and conducting administrative staff inspections.

A variety of complaints arise from various individuals and situations during day-to-day law enforcement and the investigation of criminal behavior. Often, these are misunderstandings that can be resolved by addressing the problem with an employee's supervisor. However, when allegations elevate to the level of misconduct, the specialized investigator of this unit is utilized to gather information and determine facts.

In an effort to monitor and encourage continued adherence to all Sheriff's Office policies, procedures, and high standards-of-ethics, this unit also conducts periodic administrative inspections. These administrative inspections and reviews are designed to ensure all employees are providing the quality-of-service demanded by the Sheriff and expected by the citizens of Pickens County. This service is critical as the Pickens County community continues to grow and law enforcement needs change and diversify.

The Office of Professional Standards manages a variety of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Internal Affairs
  • State and Federal Awarded Grants.
  • Body-Worn Camera Management.
  • Tow Wrecker Compliance.
  • Employment Application Reviews.
  • Use of Force Statistics.
  • Early Warning System Detection.
  • Officer-Involved Vehicular Accidents.
  • South Carolina State Surplus Program.
  • State Trusty Annual Reviews. 
  • Social Media and Website Management.
  • Civil Process Unit.