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Anderson County Sheriff's Office

Enforcement Bureau

DC_K_Smith.jpgThe most visible function of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, at least to most of the general public, is found in the Law Enforcement Bureau.  The Law Enforcement Bureau is overseen by Deputy Chief Keith Smith and is split into 2 main divisions.  There is the Uniform Patrol Division which is split into four geographical zones, with each zone run by a Captain.   There is also the Judicial Services Division which is headed by Major Garry N. Bryant.  Under the Judicial Services Division is the operation of the Anderson County Detention Center, Courts and Building Security, Jail Transport, and Animal Control.  Also, under this bureau, are the Warrants and Civil Process Unit, as well as the CATCH team.
He has served as the head of the Law Enforcement Bureau since December of 2008. Deputy Chief Keith Smith began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the Anderson, SC, City Police Department, spending his first 12 years as a patrolman.  In 1988 he attained the rank of Sergeant and was a Street supervisor for Traffic Division, a Radar Instructor, and Driving Instructor. In 1990, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and achieved the rank of Captain in 1996.  In 2005 he served as Interim Police Chief for the city of Anderson.   From 2006 until joining the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2008, Deputy Chief Smith served as Major-Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Anderson, and as Judicial/City Hall Security Supervisor.

A 1972 graduate of Westside High School in Anderson, Deputy Chief Keith Smith earned a degree in Accounting from Anderson College in 1974, and continued his education, beginning in 1993, at Southern Wesleyan University, the FBI National Academy, where he graduated in the174th session, and later earned his Master of Criminal Justice from Anderson University in May of 2011. He is married, has two sons, and is a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.

Judicial Service Division

garrybryant_main.jpgMajor Garry Bryant oversees the Judicial Services Division. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office. During his tenure with Pickens County, he worked in Uniform Patrol, Vice and Narcotics, Investigations, Traffic, Warrants, and finally as Detention Center Manager. In 2006, Garry was chosen as the Detention Center Director for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Since then, he has been promoted to Major and oversees a larger division called Judicial Services where, in addition to the Detention Center, oversees Courts and Building Security along with Animal Control.

Garry is a 1989 graduate of the SC Criminal Justice Academy Basic Law Enforcement course and since then, has completed over 1200 hours of specialized training. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Tri-County Technical College, graduating with honors and attended Anderson University.  He is a 2005 graduate of the 222nd Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Garry Bryant is a member of the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association where he serves as Vice President (formerly Sergeant at Arms and Vendor Coordinator), the FBI National Academy Associates, and was the 2008 president of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Conference. He sits on the SC SAVIN Governance board, the SC Minimum Jail Standards Review Committee and the Tri County Technical College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.  Garry was recently voted the 2014 Jail Administrator of the Year for the state by the SC Jail Administrator's Association.