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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.


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.



Law enforcement officers throughout Aiken County are asking citizens to be prepared as the schools get back in session. Deputies and officers will be watching for the most common driving violations such as speeding in school zones, passing stopped school busses and failing to yield to students in crosswalks. Motorists should plan on allowing extra time to travel to and from destinations and keep their attention on the road. Here are some tips to start the school year right: Bus Riders: * Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and off the street. * Never sit on the roadway while waiting for your bus. * Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s okay to approach. * Be aware of the street traffic around you. Protect yourself and watch out! * While riding the bus, remain seated and conduct yourself in an orderly fashion. Aisles in the bus should remain clear. * Don’t stick anything out of the bus windows. Motorists: * Allow extra time to reach your destination and watch for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, crossing guards and school buses. * Both directions of traffic must stop when school bus stop arms and flashing red lights are displayed. The only exception is multi-lane roadways where a raised or grass divider exists. Even in these cases, traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop. * Be aware of the speed limit and your speed, especially in school zones and around schools. A speeding ticket in a posted school zone can be very expensive. Parents: * Take the time to carefully review your children’s route to school before the first day and stress the importance of not wandering off. * Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision. * If your child is young or is walking to a new school, walk with them the first week to make sure they know the route and can do it safely Students walking: * Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard -- never cross the street against a light, even if you don’t see any traffic coming. Learn what traffic signals and signs mean. * Walk with a buddy. * Wear reflective makes you more visible to street traffic. * Stay off the road. * Never walk between parked cars. Riding in a car: * All passengers and minors must wear a seat belt and/or an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Adult drivers are responsible for their passengers under 18 years of age when it comes to proper safety belt and car seat use. * Remember, many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. Parents should require seat belt use by the driver and all passengers, limit the number of teen passengers, do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations or texting to prevent driver distraction; limit nighttime driving and driving in inclement weather. Dealing with strangers: * Always tell your parents where you are going and when you will return. * Always walk with a friend. Don’t take shortcuts through woods or back streets. * Never approach strange vehicles or people. Keep your distance and always give yourself room to run from strangers. Remember, strangers should always ask directions from adults not children. * Never go with a stranger to look for a missing pet or to play a game. * If a stranger follows or grabs you, yell loud and run away. If you need to, fight back and make as much noise as you can. Run to a safe place and call 9-1-1. Let’s make this a fun and SAFE school year.


The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations. It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days. NNO events in Aiken County include: Summerfield Park in North Augusta on AUG6, Clearwater Village Apartments on AUG6, Woodbridge Baptist Church on AUG10, and Belvedere Ridge Ball Field on AUG24. Most of these events run from 5:00PM through 8:00PM. For more information, contact your neighborhood rep.


The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information and assistance in identifying the suspect seen in these photos. The Sheriff’s Office has been conducting an investigation into the theft of copper from BESCO located on Main Drive, Aiken SC. It was discovered that the suspect stole an amount of copper wire from this business on April 4, 2013. Investigators need the community’s assistance in identifying this suspect who is expected to be charged with Grand Larceny and various other charges. Anyone with any information, we encourage them to call the Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers with a tip or information at (888) CRIME-SC (888-274-6372)


Offender of the Week
Weekly Most Wanted Person: Dumarcus Lopez HILTON

Dumarcus Lopez HILTON

Gender: Male
Age: 26
Ht: 5'10"
Wt: 160
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Last Known Address:602 Oliver Dr Beech Island SC 29842

Description: Suspect is wanted for Failing to Stop for Blue Lights.

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.

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.

Have You Seen this Missing Person?

Missing Person: Lisa ShuttleworthLisa Shuttleworth

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.

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.

Outstanding Warrants

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