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Support Division

We welcome you to take an inside look into one of the most diverse divisions within our agency, The Support Division of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.   The division took a major overhaul with the changes in administration, responsibilities, and assignments.  The men and women throughout the ranks of this division have taken the vision and made it a reality with their dedication and professionalism.  Collectively, there could not be a better group of deputies to provide support to the judicial system, the enforcement efforts of the Sheriff's Office, all of the other agencies which we are able to assist, and ultimately the citizens of Greenville County.  

Court Security- This unit is responsible for the screening of all individuals entering their respective building in which assigned and the overall safety and security of all occupants inside.  The deputies provide security for all parties involved in cases being heard.   This unit oversees, houses, and transports prisoners that are in custody with Greenville County Detention Center to ensure their presence at any necessary court appearances.  This unit is responsible for General Sessions, Family Court, and also for County Square which houses Greenville's Probate Court.

Extradition/Transport- The Extradition Unit travels across the United States to bring offenders to justice.  Deputies must make arrangements with other agencies and secure the most appropriate method of travel for return to Greenville County for prosecution.

Deputies assigned to the Transport unit are tasked with transporting individuals throughout the state. Over 14,000 prisoners a year are transported between State Department of Corrections facilities and local courtrooms.  Juvenile Offenders are transported to and from Department of Juvenile Justice facilities.  Deputies also transport court ordered mental patients to and from mental hospitals within the state. 

Warrants- The Warrant Unit is responsible for the receipt, entry, service and return of arrest warrants within Greenville County. This unit also consists of civilian staff responsible for all Data Entry and the maintenance of records and logs.

Civil Unit- The deputies assigned to the Civil Process Unit serve civil papers throughout Greenville County.  These papers include Orders of Protection, Orders of Immediate Possession, Writ of Assistance, Decree of Foreclosure and Sales, and Property Levees. This unit recently took on service of documents for all DSS hearings in Greenville County as well.

Fugitive Apprehension and Special Investigations Team (FASIT)- This newly formed unit has proven to be a valuable asset, not only to the Sheriff’s Office, but to the numerous agencies they assist in locating and apprehending, some of the most dangerous criminals in our county.  They work with several Sheriff's Office units to complete their assignments.  This unit has been trained and equipped to apprehend those individuals that pose the greatest threats to our community.  This unit will conduct extensive investigations, surveillance, use undercover techniques, and be available for call out to enable them to make the apprehensions.  All of this is done in a manner to increase the safety of the community, the deputies, and the defendants they are apprehending. Since the team's inception in March 2017, this group has served over 600 felony warrants and recovered 10 guns off the streets during investigations.  The fugitive unit also has a TFO assigned to the US Marshal Fugitive Task force.

Traffic Enforcement- This unit is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws within the State of South Carolina and their primary focus is the reduction of traffic related fatalities.  The unit conducts collision investigations and reconstructions as needed.  Their goals are to educate drivers through awareness of safety, addressing negligence and bad driving habits, and prevention of loss of life and property damage through enforcement.  In 2017, the Traffic Unit increased public contacts from the previous year, going from 11,445 in 2016 to 27,377 by the end of 2017. Fatalities were reduced from 87 in 2016 down to 76 in 2017.

Interdiction (G.H.O.S.T.)-  This newly formed unit within the Support Division of the Sheriff's Office in 2017, has proven to be a valuable asset to the agency and the county of Greenville.  The Greenville Highway Operations and Specialized Traffic unit has been responsible for conducting, criminal interdiction operations on the Interstates within our county.  The unit conducts many complex investigations alongside other agencies (federal and local), airport and parcel interdiction, and has been requested to assist with several Task Force operations throughout the state of South Carolina.  Their goal is to detect, intercept, and prevent the movement of any prohibited commodity or wanted persons.  In 2017, the G.H.O.S.T. team located and seized over 447 pounds of illegal drugs, 23 illegal guns, 221 cartons of illegal cigarettes, $123,116 in cash, located 6 fugitives, made 60 arrests, recovered 2 stolen cars, and seized 86 fraudulent credit cards.  The current team consists of 4 members. 2 of these members have K9 partners.

Aviation- This unit provides a specialized function that assist with many operations throughout the region.  The Air Support aircrews assist with locating missing persons, criminals that may have otherwise eluded ground units during manhunts, fly cover for ground operations (tracking, surveillance, narcotic operations), assist with extraditions, and also assist other agencies when there is a need for air support.  The Aviation unit currently consists of 2 OH58 Bell Jet Rangers, 1 Cessna C182 Skylane, and 1 Bell UH-1H Huey.