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Updated and Maintained




Lt. J.J. Brewer














As a Deputy Sheriff you may be assigned to one of the following divisions:

  • Patrol Division – The Patrol Division answer calls, make on-view arrests, serve subpoenas, serve warrants for arrest, serve mental commitment orders, and recover stolen property.  The Patrol Division is supplemented by the following specialized units:

    • Warrant Squad

    • S.A.F.E.

    • K-9

    • Crime Prevention/D.A.R.E.

    • School Resource Unit

    • Special Operations

    •  Boat Patrol

    •  Emergency Response Team


  • Detention Division – The Detention Division operates the County Detention Facility and the Transportation Unit which transports prisoners to hospitals and prison facilities located throughout the State.

  •  Support Service Division – The Support Services Division includes Civil, Civil Desk, Court Bailiff, and Security.  The Civil Section serves all civil process, orders for arrest, collects money judgments on executions, and seizes property under attachments and claim and deliveries.

  • Detective Division – The Detective Division assigns criminal cases to the investigators for processing and arrests.  The Crime Scene Unit photographs felons in addition to processing crime scene/evidence photos and investigating crime scenes.  The Division’s polygraph/CVSA examiners administer investigative and pre-employment polygraphs.

  • Vice/Narcotics Division – The Vice/Narcotics Division makes arrests, books charges, and seizes drug, vehicles, weapons, cash, and real properties.



  •  Salary for  Deputy Sheriff - $35,131

  • 12 Paid Holidays Per Year

  • 10 to 24 Vacation Days per year based upon service

  • 12 Days of Sick Leave Per Year which accumulate indefinitely (Sick Leave may be used toward Early Retirement)

  • The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Supports the National Guard and Reserve.

  • Medical and Dental Insurance

  • Eligible for full Retirement Benefits from the County and State after 30 Years of Credible
     Service or Age 55.

  • 401-(k) Provided by the County - 5% of Salary contributed by the County for Sworn Personnel

  • Worker's Compensation Insurance



AGE - Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

- At a minimum, an applicant must have graduated from an accredited high school or hold an approved General Education Development certificate (GED).

- Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

- Pursuant to the rules and regulations promulgated by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training & Standards Commission applicants must not have committed nor have been convicted of any criminal offense as of the date of the application to be qualified as a Deputy Sheriff.

- Applicants who have prior military service must have received an honorable discharge from active military service.

Applicants must pass a pre-employment polygraph or computer voice stress analysis.

- Applicants must satisfactory pass a thorough background investigation, including a check of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation records.

- Applicants must successfully pass a physical examination and drug screening.

Applicants must receive a favorable recommendation from a psychological evaluation.



For more Information contact:

Recruitment Unit

(910) 798-4165