PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS DIVISION
The Professional Standards Division is composed of the Office of Professional Standards, School Resource Officer Unit, and the Financial Services Unit, and is under the direction of Captain Don Brookshire (pictured on right).
Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards' goal is to ensure the integrity and professionalism of the Sheriff's Office. This goal is accomplished by:
- monitoring professional standards described in the General Orders
- verification through frequent staff inspections
- conducting pre-employment background investigations
- maintaining the agency's national, professional accreditation with CALEA
- and fully investigating all complaints of misconduct.
The Sheriff's Office of Professional Standards compiles annual summary information based upon records of internal affairs investigations. This information is available to the public and agency employees. If you would like a copy of the current Internal Affairs Statistical Summary, please contact Sgt. Sheila Cole at (864) 260-6333 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional tasks and functions of the Office of Professional Standards include:
- The registration and tracking of Sex Offenders within Anderson County
- Records: This unit serves as the collection point for maintenance of all incident reports and other documents pertaining to criminal investigations. Quality assurance checks governed by mandated uniform crime reporting standards are conducted on all reports prior to their submittal to the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division.
- For specifics on obtaining records from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, please review the Records Page.
Overseeing all Information Technology (IT) for the Sheriff's Office and ensuring regulatory enforcement.
During 2006, the Sheriff's Office achieved its two-year goal and became nationally certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The accreditation program administered by CALEA requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The Sheriff's Office met over 400 professional standards and was awarded certification in March 2007.
Financial Services Unit
This area of the Financial Service Unit prepares and tracks the Sheriff's Office annual budget. The Sheriff's Office budget is a standalone function from other funding sources within county government as the Sheriff's Office was removed from the county general fund to a special levy in 2006. This function works closely with other county departments to manage payroll, procurement and accounts receivable.
School Resource Officer Unit
A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a law enforcement officer who is assigned to either a middle school, or high school in Anderson County. SRO’s are required to perform three vital roles in their assigned schools. These roles are as follows: law enforcement, law-related counseling, and law-related education. Through these roles officers provide a service to the community by establishing themselves as a resource for teachers, students, and parents. This allows the program to provide a safe learning environment for children. You can learn more about this important Unit by clicking here.