Sheriff's OfficeSheriff's Office

The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous tasks including judicial security, processing warrants, fingerprinting services, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, providing background checks and operating the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

A Message from the Sheriff

Welcome to the Horry County Sheriff's Office website.  I hope that you find the information we have provided to be useful and easy to locate. 

Our staff is working hard to offer the insight we believe you most desire to have into your community, your County, and your Sheriff's Office.  Each member of our staff understands that we are here to assist with your needs and ensure that your experience in Horry County, whether you are a guest or resident, is as enjoyable and safe as possible. 

I am proud to be the Sheriff of Horry County and I am extremely proud of the fine men and women of this Office who dedicate themselves to serving our citizens with a professional approach and a positive attitude.

While I am proud of this website, I am also an "old-fashioned" kind of guy who believes the convenience of e-mail and the internet should never replace the personal touch that can be felt during a telephone call or a friendly office visit.  For that reason, we have provided our telephone number with our office address and welcome you to call or stop by at any time.

1301 Second Avenue 
Conway, South Carolina 29526
(843) 915-5450

About Your Sheriff

Sheriff Phillip E. Thompson is a 42-year veteran of law enforcement and gained his experience with both the Myrtle Beach and Horry County Police Departments before being elected Sheriff of Horry County in January of 2001.

Since his election, Sheriff Thompson has been an advocate for the Sheriffs' Association and works tirelessly to promote the Association in a positive light across the state and to mentor new Sheriffs.

In 2017, Sheriff Thompson was named South Carolina Sheriff's Association Sheriff of the Year. In addition, Sheriff Thompson was awarded the Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. This award is given to the individual in South Carolina whose performance best exemplifies the highest ideals of excellence in professional law enforcement.  

Sheriff Thompson also received the 2016 South Strand Republican Club "Terry Cooper Award" for his outstanding contributions to the citizens of Horry County.

Sheriff Thompson's commitment to assisting others led to the creation of the only in-house drug treatment program for inmates in South Carolina, which is a model for incarceration treatment programs in the Southeast. The program is a therapeutic community program that addresses addiction and criminogenic thinking processes over an intensive three-phase program that lasts up to two years in the detention center and two more years in halfway houses. The program is highly successful and touts an average 70% success rate. The success of the program prompted the South Carolina Department of Corrections Youthful Offenders Intensive Supervision Services to partner with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office as a reentry program for youth offenders.

As a result of the three-year partnership, Sheriff Thompson was awarded the Young Offender Parole and Reentry Services Judge Bill Byars Community Partner Award in Law Enforcement by Governor Nikki Haley in May of 2016.                     

Mission Statement

To provide quality law enforcement, detention, court security and civil services to the citizens and visitors of Horry County, by treating others with dignity and respect, while being good stewards of the public’s trust.

Department Head
Phillip Thompson
Phone: (843) 915-5450
Fax: (843) 915-6451
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 380
Conway, SC 29528
Physical Address
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday


Renee Elvis

Phillip E. Thompson
Horry County Sheriff