Sheriff Ed McMahon

Welcome to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is the principal law enforcement agency of New Hanover County, providing service to over 200,000 people within 185 square miles. The Sheriff’s Office patrols the county, investigates crimes, apprehends criminals, and provides custody or control for arrested defendants, both pre-trial and sentenced. The Sheriff is responsible for courtroom security, service of civil process, transportation of prisoners and mental patients, and service of criminal papers.

Mission Statement

To serve and protect the citizens of New Hanover County with integrity and enforce the laws of North Carolina and the United States of America.

Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 5:45am
RT @NewHanoverCoSch: We love our SROs! @NewHanoverSO
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 12:00am
Shelter in place lifted for Hoggard HS School is resuming normal schedule
Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 11:17pm
Inmates help set up book sale!
Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 4:22am
Missing 6 Year Old Found Alive Press Conference Sept 2016: via @YouTube
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WPD Peace Challenge
WPD Peace Challenge for Wilmington Police Department. Officers and community members dancing for peace.
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New Hanover County Sheriff's Office added 3 new photos.Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 8:06am
Three People Arrested on Gang Activity
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the District Attorney’s Office have arrested three individuals thought to be involved in yesterday’s shooting at N. Kerr and Grathwol Dr. At approximately 4:15 p.m. yesterday shots rang out at the intersection of N. Kerr and Grathwol Dr. During the exchange of gunfire a victim, 38 year old black male, was traveling with his 8 year old son whom he had just picked up from Wilmington Christian Academy was struck in the abdomen. He is in stable condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Shortly after the incident a Wilmington Police Officer stopped a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle from the shooting. Inside he found Veshon Lendell Shaw, Jaquaries Jermaine Washington, and Nasir De’Ante Leonard. Both Washington and Leonard were in possession of illegal handguns along with heroin and marijuana. All three were arrested and taken to the New Hanover County Detention Facility were they received $500,000.00 secure bonds. Today the DA’s office and the Sheriff’s Office requested and received higher bonds for all three of $1,000,000.00 secure. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Veshon Lendell Shaw- 23 year old
Jaquaries Jermaine Washington- 17 year old black male
Nasir De’Ante Leonard- 16 year old black male
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New Hanover County Sheriff's OfficeSaturday, September 10th, 2016 at 2:53am
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New Hanover County Sheriff's Office added 2 new photos.Saturday, August 13th, 2016 at 1:56am
NHSO needs you help identifying this suspect from a breaking & entering case on 8-6-2016. If you have any information on the identity of the man please contact the NHSO @ 910-798-4162 or

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Sheriff's Office: 3950 Juvenile Center Road • Castle Hayne, NC 28429 • Phone 910-798-4200 • Fax 910-798-4212