The 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 one of the special law enforcement teams.
Judicial Service Division
Major Garry Bryant, who oversees the Judicial Services Division, began his 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 Bryant 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. 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 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.