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 mentally unstable individuals, 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.


Congratulations to Detention Officer Dale Flaverney on recieving Officer of the Year!! Dale’s hard work, has shown not only in the Detention but across the entire agency as a member of the Honor Guard and SRT. Thanks to Silver Lake Baptist Church for hosting Civil Servants Day! NewHanoverSO photo
Sheriff McMahon and our SAFE Unit at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. NewHanoverSO photo
Felony Fraud
A career felony criminal is defrauding senior citizens out of their hard earned money!
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The NHSO along with the WPD, WBPD and UNCW PD participated in the 2022 Special Olympics Torch Run today held at Greenfield Lake. We had over 30 runners and over a dozen Special Olympics athletes who ran the 4.3 miles around Greenfield Lake.
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New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is hiring
New starting salary, Deputy $46,360.00
Detention Officer $42,050.00
With Incentives and unbeatable benefits
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
New starting salary, Deputy $46,360.00 / Detention Officer $42,050.00
With Incentives
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Thank You to our 911 Telecommunicators!! We are so grateful to have such a wonderful group of professionals who help us everyday and keep us safe! Thank You for all you do!
Missing Person
Frantz Tramell Mercer
5 Ft 6 In
138 lbs
Brown Eyes
Bald, Goatee
Subject has a limp from injury
Race: Black
Date missing: 4-1-2022
Last seen: 314 Silva Terra Dr., Oxford House
Cream in Color Sweat suit
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Congratulations  to New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Deputy K9 Stan along with his human companion Harper entered the NC Azalea Festival Paws for People dog King and Queen Pageant . Stan won the title of “Best Personality”. Congratulations to both Stan and Harper! NewHanoverSO photo
Congratulations to our Elements Unit! They received the Service Above Self award from Cape Fear Rotary this week! NewHanoverSO photo
Sheriff McMahon and NHSO ASU Partnering with Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals’ Pet Food Bank to feed pets in need!! NewHanoverSO photo

New Higher Starting Salaries!!

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