Sheriff Bruce M. Bryant

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Sheriff Bruce M. Bryant

Sheriff Bruce M. Bryant’s law enforcement career spans over 38 years; he began his law enforcement career in 1972 when he joined the York City Police Department. Sheriff Bryant joined the York County Sheriff’s Office in 1973, and served at the Sheriff’s Office until 1987, when he joined the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Sheriff Bryant served with SLED until he retired in 1996, and then sought election to the Office of the Sheriff. The voters of York County endorsed him as Sheriff not only in the 1996 election, but in the 2000, 2004, and most recently, the 2008 election as well.

Under Sheriff Bryant’s watch, the York County Sheriff’s Office has become regarded as one of the most innovative and effective law enforcement programs in South Carolina. Here are a few examples of Sheriff Bryant’s leadership that has led to that distinction:

  • Developed an outdated national Guard Armory building into a law enforcement training center that is recognized by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy as a Regional Training Facility
  • Successfully led the Sheriff’s Office in the effort to gain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
  • Established an “Office of Professional Standards” which is responsible for recruitment, internal investigations and many other duties
  • Led the effort to establish a county-wide Crime Stoppers program; the program continues to be one of the most active Crime Stoppers programs in South Carolina
  • Sheriff Bryant was the first Sheriff in South Carolina to implement “Offender Watch”, an online program that increases awareness of  citizens and schools regarding registered sex offenders living in the area
  • York County was the first county in South Carolina to implement the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program, which, working with ICE, helps identify criminal illegal aliens that have been arrested locally
  • Led the implementation of an unprecedented regional communications system which has consolidated 911 communications with the York County Sheriff’s Office communications
  • Implemented The York County Sheriff’s Office PRO-STAR initiative, a transparent accountability system that objectively measures performance.
  • Established District Offices in the York, Clover/Lake Wylie, Rock Hill, and Fort Mill areas to better serve the public
  • Led the effort to establish multi-jurisdictional units for forensic services and drug enforcement. Oversight for these units is provided by the “Governing Board” which is made up by the Sheriff, the 16th Circuit Solicitor and the Chiefs of Police from York County police agencies 
  • The York County Detention Center has grown to a 565-bed direct supervision facility that holds individuals arrested by law enforcement agencies in York County. The Detention Center also houses inmates for the US Marshal Service and ICE
  • The Sheriff’s Office is currently establishing a DNA lab to be utilized by law enforcement agencies in York County, this will be one of only 5 DNA labs in South Carolina

Sheriff Bryant received an Associate’s Criminal Justice Degree from the University of South Carolina. He completed the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the National Sheriff’s Institute, and the FBI Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development School.

Sheriff Bryant serves as representative to SLED on the Homeland Security Committee, and as an Executive Board Member on the South Carolina Joint Terrorism Taskforce (SCJTTF).  In 2007, Sheriff Bryant was appointed by Governor Mark Sanford to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Training Council.

He is a 2006 recipient of the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and in August of 2008 he was named Sheriff of the Year for South Carolina. In 2010, Sheriff Bryant was honored to receive the Palmetto Patriot Award, as presented by Lieutenant Governor André Bauer, and the Order of the Palmetto, awarded by Governor Mark Sanford.

Sheriff Bryant is also a member of various national, state, and local boards and committees, including the Corrections and Accreditation Committee for the National Sheriff’s Association, the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for York Technical College.  He is an active supporter of programs such as “Alive at 25”,” All on Board”, and “Cheer for Children”.