Most experienced law enforcement officials agree that a small percentage of criminals commit the majority of crime. These repeat offenders do not specialize in any one type of crime. They terrorize not only the communities in which they live, but they also frequently commit crimes throughout a multi-county area.
In order to improve public safety, we must focus our efforts on removing these career criminals from society. This was the impetus for the creation of our Career Criminal Prosecution Unit, a team of experienced prosecutors, investigators and an intelligence analyst who focus solely on sending the worst of the worst to prison. The team targets defendants based on their criminal history and their danger to the community as opposed to the particular crime they are charged with.
In January 2009, we founded the team in Beaufort County thanks to a joint effort among BeaufortCounty, the Town of Hilton Head Islandand the Town of Bluffton. Soon thereafter, the team was expanded to cover all five counties thanks to assistance from Colleton County, Jasper County, the Town of Ridgeland, the City of Hardeeville and a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Since its inception, the Career Criminal Prosecution Team has prosecuted hundreds of hardened criminals throughout the circuit.