Jay Louis Brooks, Jr., has been a Chesterfield County resident since 1976. He started his career in law enforcement in 1987 as a deputy with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Ralph Freeman.
While with the Sheriff's Office, he became the Department's first canine handler as well as the D.A.R.E. instructor. In 1995, Sheriff Brooks moved over to the Cheraw Police Department where he again was their first canine handler.
As an officer with the Cheraw Police Department, Sheriff Brooks received several awards including "Officer of the Year" in 2002 and the Medal of Valor three times. As Sheriff Brooks' career progressed, he moved his way through the ranks of the Cheraw Police Department where in 1997, he was promoted to Chief of Police.
Only one half of one percent of the officers in the United States get accepted into the FBI National Academy. In 2011, Sheriff Brooks graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia with a 4.0 grade average, and he also received the coveted “Yellow Brick” award for physical fitness achievement. The honor of being selected, graduating, and being recognized at the Academy is one of Sheriff Brooks' most proud career achievements.
Sheriff Brooks has also completed the 109th Session of the National Sheriff's Institute and currently serves as the District 3 Representative of the SC Sheriff's Association. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Police Officer's Association, has also served as President of the South Carolina Police Chief's Association, and has twice been President of the Cheraw Chapter of Kiwanis.