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Message from Sheriff Michael Hunt

Sheriff Michael HuntThe Aiken County Sheriff's Office is in the people-serving business. As a law enforcement professional, I pledge to serve all the citizens and visitors of Aiken County.

We are committed to work in partnership with all segments of our community, as well as, all areas of the criminal justice system, with renewed openness and responsiveness.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office will provide the highest level of professional law enforcement services, and in doing so, earn your trust.

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About Your Sheriff

Michael E. Hunt, Sr., became the 18th Sheriff of Aiken County in May 2003 during a special election. A year later, he ran unopposed to win his first full term, an accomplishment not seen in Aiken County in more than 40 years.

His law enforcement career spans more than two decades. Prior to joining ACSO, Sheriff Hunt headed up the Special Services Bureau as a Lieutenant with the Aiken Department of Public Safety where he received The Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement in 2001.

Encouraged by his father and others to dedicate his life to serving the community, Sheriff Hunt began his public safety career as a firefighter in Richmond County, Georgia. He then became a corrections officer at the Aiken County Detention Center, a public safety officer with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, and in 1985, joined the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Since taking office, Sheriff Hunt restructured the agency. More deputies on the street has resulted in a drastically improved response to citizens calls for service. Sheriff Hunt most recently demonstrated his “hands-on” management style during the January 2005 train derailment and chemical spill in Graniteville, South Carolina. Governor Mark Sanford recognized the extraordinary leadership and awarded Sheriff Hunt the state's highest honor, The Order of the Silver Crescent. In 2006 he was voted South Carolina’s Sheriff of the Year by the members of the South Carolina’s Sheriff’s Association.

A 1979 graduate of Langley-Bath-Clearwater High School and a 1983 graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Sheriff Hunt is married to the former Tonya WiIlhite. The couple has an 18-year-old son and lives in Graniteville.
Mission Statement

We the men and women of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office believe that our fundamental duty is to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Aiken County with fairness, compassion and respect.

We recognize the need for professionalism, integrity and timeliness so that those we serve may feel secure.

We provide equal enforcement and protection of the law without prejudice or favor.

Our commitment shall be accomplished through communication; openness and cooperation with all elements of our population.

 
News

EXTREME COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS

EXTREME COLD WEATHER PRECAUTIONS
Cold temperatures can cause a variety of problems including life-threatening situations. Here are some pointers to help prepare for the extreme cold we are experiencing: Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Wear a hat, and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves. Wear several layers of loose fi¬tting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Do NOT bring heating devices into the home that are intended for outdoor use such as: propane and charcoal barbecues, other cooking equipment such as propane cookers, natural gas or wood burning outdoor ¬fire places, or outdoor patio heaters. These items produce deadly carbon monoxide. Keep ¬fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. Move family pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements. Your dog can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from the extreme cold or encrusted ice. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts). Recognize symptoms of too much exposure to extreme cold: Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of hypothermia. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy skin are symptoms of frostbite. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. In the case of overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet clothing and immediately warm the body with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. When traveling in bad winter weather conditions, make sure you have an emergency kit that includes fresh water, blankets, an extra layer of clothing, and food. And always tell someone the route you are traveling and your planned times of departure and arrival. Insure that your vehicle is winterized. Check your antifreeze and radiator hoses.

Ironman Triathlon Aiken County

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens that live in the Beech Island, Boyd Pond, Jackson, New Ellenton and Petit Coat Junction communities in Aiken County that the IRONMAN Augusta Triathlon will be hosted this Sunday, September 29, 2013. The cycling phase will encompass 56 miles through Aiken County affecting the listed communities, which will have road closures. The road closures are expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. and end approximately, 2:45 p.m. The closures are located throughout Old Jackson Highway, Atomic Road, SRS-1 and SC-19, Old Whiskey Road, Woodland Drive, Cherryvale Avenue, Gray Mare Hollow Road, Silver Bluff Road, Boyd Pond Road, Hernon Dairy Road, Horse Creek Road, Pine Log Road, Atomic Road (SC-125) and Sand Bar Ferry. We would ask motorists to be patient and be mindful of the athletes during the race and to consider alternate routes due to vehicle traffic being prohibited with the flow of the cyclists in residential areas of the course. If citizens would like to view a map of the course to plan alternate routes or to view if they will impacted by the race please visit, www.ironman.com.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - Belvedere Ridge

Come celebrate National Night Out, sponsored by “BRAWN”, at the Belvedere Ridge Girls Softball Park located near Belvedere Elementary School on Saturday, August 24th, starting at 5 PM. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Belvedere Fire Department, and many other organizations will be participating. At 9 PM, Bell Ridge Baptist Church is sponsoring a movie (Courageous) at the ball field.

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Offender of the Week
Weekly Most Wanted Person: Shawn Franklin WEST JR

Shawn Franklin WEST JR

ARMED & DANGEROUS - GANG MEMBER




Race:WHITE
Gender: Male
Age: 40
Ht: 5'09"
Wt: 175
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Last Known Address:102 Gofarth St, Jackson, SC

Description: Suspect is wanted for Armed Robbery w/a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Firearm during Commission of a Violent Crime, and Kidnapping.

Weekly Most Wanted

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Report Expired / Out of State Tags

The Out of State / Expired Vehicle Tag Reporting Program enables citizens to report vehicle owners that may be evading personal property tax laws. If you suspect that a vehicle owner is evading personal property tax, use this system to report this information.

This system can be used to report possible tax evader tips and to check on the status of previous reports. You are not required to enter any personal information to use this system. Please have the tag number, state, and address available when you report an out of state or expired vehicle tag. Both expired SC tags and out of state tags may be reported using this form. If you would like to speak with a Deputy to report an out of state or expired tag you may call 803-502-3216.

Under SC law, citizens have 45 days in which to register if the individual establishes a domicile, establishes a business, obtains employment, enrolls their children in Aiken County schools, or obtains a SC driver's license.

Keeping Families Safe with Offender Watch

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has added a sex offender registry to our website so you can find out if Search for Local Sex Offenders sex offenders are living in your neighborhood.
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Have You Seen this Wanted Person?

Wanted Person: Albino Herrera LimonAlbino Herrera Limon
Ht: 5'9""
Wt: 180

If you have information on the whereabouts of this individual, call ACSO at: (800) 922-9709.
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Have You Seen this Missing Person?

Missing Person: Angel Marie PHELPSAngel Marie PHELPS

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is attempting to locate this missing person. If you have information on their whereabouts, please call: (800) 922-9709.
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Community Services

Alive at 25


Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. It is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. SC Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs, Municipal Police Officers and SC Highway Patrol Officers.
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Outstanding Warrants

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