School Crimes Unit
School Crimes Unit is responsible for the follow-up investigation
of criminal cases involving any of the
and/or the students. The Detectives assigned to this unit work
closely with the School Resource Officers from the Uniform Patrol
majority of the cases are involving juveniles. Special procedures
are required in handling juvenile cases. These detectives are
trained in juvenile laws.
Sheriff of New Hanover County, Edward J. McMahon, takes pride in the
protection of the school system.
Each school is assigned a School Resource Officer and they
provide security for students and administration.
They are responsible for preliminary reports to alert Juvenile
Detectives of incidents and crimes in the schools, which need to be
Juvenile Detectives we work with solving crimes and incidents in which a
juvenile is a victim or may be considered as a suspect. A juvenile
is a person that is seventeen years of age or younger. We receive
many cases from New Hanover County Schools when incidents and crimes
take place at school involving students, faculty, or domestic
situations. Some examples of cases that we receive are affrays,
assaults, bomb threats, communicating threats, larcenies, missing
persons, property damage, and sexual assaults. Cases obtained may
result in suspect(s) being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony
offense. We rely heavily on other parties that may not have any
involvement in a certain situation; however, knows information leading
to an arrest or detection of crime before it takes place. If you
are a student or parent and know of a situation that may need assistance
from law enforcement, feel free to contact a School Resource Officer at
your school or you may contact a Juvenile Detective with New Hanover
County Sheriff’s Office.
Approximately 8 out of 10 of all bomb threats that are made towards the
New Hanover County School System have closure with a class H felony
being charged on the perpetrator.
The punishment for committing this act can result in extensive prison
time or reimbursement to the county and state for over $100,00.00 labor
and equipment expense.
Additional punishments are at the court’s discretion.
Any parties that may engage in unwanted contact during a fight can be
charged with an Affray. If a person voluntarily enters or remains
in a fight in which the person used force to defend himself or herself,
the person may be charged.