Command Staff

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Interim Chief Stephenie Price

Early career

Interim Chief Stephenie Price joined the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department in 1999, and rose to the rank of Central Patrol Division captain by 2019. During her tenure in Kansas City, she worked as Financial Services Unit captain. At various times she worked in training and certification, drug enforcement, vice, domestic violence, and internal affairs. Chief Price joined the Savannah Police Department in 2019 as the assistant police chief. While there, she oversaw the budget and was the domestic violence liaison to the prosecutor’s office and outreach services. She implemented a new recruiting strategy for the department and directed the department’s firearms range. In 2020, Price became police chief in Bluffton. She began an officer sabbatical program, mental health and wellness programs, and community programs to encourage crime awareness and positive interactions between police and the community.

Chief Price earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Park University and a master’s in business administration from Benedictine University. She is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense Executive Leaders Program, the FBI LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, and most recently she obtained a certification from the International City Management Association. 

Joining the Beaufort PD

Chief Price began her tenure at the Beaufort Police Department in February of 2023. 



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Capt. Richard Poole (Operations)

Joining the Beaufort PD

Capt. Poole is a native of Beaufort, and a second-generation City of Beaufort police officer. He earned the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy’s Distinguished Graduate Award for his high academics while attending. 

He began his career in law enforcement with the Beaufort Police Department in 2007 as a patrolman II.

During Capt. Poole’s time as a patrolman, he was also a patrol K-9 handler for the department, where he worked with K-9 “Hugo." Capt. Poole later became an assistant patrol supervisor before being promoted to first sergeant and the supervisor of Patrol Team 4. He was then promoted to lieutenant in charge of professional standards and recruiting. He was promoted to his current position in June 2022.

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Capt. Jason Day (Administrative)

Early career

Capt. Jason Day moved to Beaufort while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and later moved into a career in law enforcement. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Joining the Beaufort PD

Capt. Day began his career with the Beaufort Police Department in 2009, with prior law enforcement experience starting in 1997 with Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Port Royal Police Department. Day started as a patrolman, and later was promoted to a patrol supervisor. In 2013 he was promoted to operations master sergeant, and in 2016 he was promoted to lieutenant. In September of 2022, he was promoted to captain, and he now oversees administrative functions of the Police Department.

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Lt. Charles Squires (Community Programs)

Education

Lt. Squires was born near Albany, N.Y., and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, regularly visiting his grandparents on Fripp Island, S.C. After graduating from high school, Lt. Squires joined the U.S. Navy; some of his duties included shore patrol, which was when he became interested in law enforcement. He received a bachelor's in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina (Columbia). 

Joining the Beaufort PD

Upon being hired by the Hardeeville Police Department, Lt. Squires attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and received the distinguished graduate award. He worked patrol and was promoted to corporal and then investigator during the three years he was in Hardeeville.

In 1999, Lt. Squires was hired by the Beaufort Police Department as a patrolman III and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2002. As a patrol sergeant he also focused on the department’s crime watch groups and police boat operations. In 2012, Lt. Squires was promoted to the position of lieutenant.

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Lt. Joseph Dobbins (Patrol)

Early career

Lt. Joseph Dobbins was born in Brownton, W. Va. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the infantry as a machine gunner. While in the infantry he was selected to serve in Security Forces at Charleston, S.C. In 1995 he made a move into air traffic control. While serving as a controller, Dobbins made multiple combat deployments to Iraq, and in 2005 he was selected as the Command-and-Control Marine of the Year. He was promoted to master sergeant and spent a large part of his remaining military career in Beaufort. He retired from active duty in August 2011.     

Joining the Beaufort PD

Lt. Dobbins was hired by the Beaufort Police Department in July 2011 as a patrolman I. 

He was promoted through the ranks to the rank of first sergeant in August 2018. He supervised multiple patrol teams over the next three years. In December of  2021, he was promoted to master sergeant in the Operations Division. 

In October of 2022, he was promoted to lieutenant, supervising patrol.