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.

Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 5:19pm
Operation DodgeBall
– The United States Attorney’s Office discussed the sentencing of multiple gang member defendants in a multi-year heroin/fentanyl and heroin conspiracy investigation in Wilmington and New Hanover County. https://t.co/bX5vAgNR7C
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Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 6:13am
January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Educate yourselves. Learn the signs.

Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline to connect with services & support for human trafficking survivors, or to report a tip. When in doubt, call 1-888-373-7888.
Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 6:13am
It's estimated that there's 20-40 MILLION ppl held as "modern day slaves" internationally. Slavery & human trafficking brings roughly $150 billion annually. The new social media age creates easy targets & the extensive hwy system makes suspicious movement much more undetectable. https://t.co/Q9HmjRUJY3 NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at 12:08am
The newest members of the NHSO Dive Team completed their first basic open water dive class this week! https://t.co/s0yeCwvFJ5 NewHanoverSO photo
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 8:36am
This morning’s school zones are Murrayville and Codington Elementary Schools. This afternoon, the SAFE Unit will be in Hoggard High School and Wrightsboro Elementary School school zones.

Have a safe Wednesday! https://t.co/kGXP8o5350
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Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 6:53pm
Check out Jango with his handler Sgt. Stegall and AveryAnn hanging out out with Rileigh Pedersen and Kim Ratcliff on WECT this morning talking about our fundraiser at Jungle Rapids this Sunday. Rileigh is the daughter of one of our handlers and the organizer of the fundraiser. https://t.co/wfig8zxSjw NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 6:41pm
Don’t forget about the FUNdraiser at Jungle Rapids on Sunday. We hope to see everyone there! https://t.co/GLWfzAfDaQ NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 7:56pm
Laney SROs enjoying some time at the SDA students’ coffee shop, the Buc-A-Cup Coffee Shop! https://t.co/F58K1j70I6 NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, January 9th, 2020 at 11:31am
It’s National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! We would like to say THANK YOU to not only every officer at our agency but to every officer around the country who puts the badge and uniform on everyday! https://t.co/rNlLGhbWZP NewHanoverSO photo
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 6:18am
Happy Wednesday! This morning, SAFE will be at Hoggard High School and Wrightsboro Elementary School. This afternoon, they will be watching Freeman and Alderman Elementary Schools. Have a great day! https://t.co/r5xOzfFbSc NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 6:48am
Good morning! SAFE will be keeping an extra 👀 on Parsley Elementary and Laney High Schools this morning and Myrtle Grove and Murrayville Elementary Schools this afternoon! As always, we hope you all have a great and SAFE day! https://t.co/mrQOrOnEFC NewHanoverSO photo
Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at 9:10am
Hope everyone can tune in to watch our friends at WPD tonight on A&E at 8pm! https://t.co/D8D6duIcKf NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, January 3rd, 2020 at 6:40am
Good morning! Today’s school zones will be Myrtle Grove and Murrayville Elementary Schools this morning and Parsley Elementary and Laney High School this afternoon. https://t.co/5mGtdu6gF0 NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 6:54am
It’s back to school day (for most of our students) which means SAFE is patrolling the school zones! This morning, they will be @ Codington and Freeman Elementary Schools. This afternoon, they will be @ Hoggard and Laney High Schools.

We hope everyone has a great first day back! https://t.co/2feICDXbm1
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 6:45am
We’re putting the FUN in “fundraiser” on January 12th from 2-5 at Jungle Rapids! Come out for an awesome time with your favorite deputies and support our K9 Unit in preparation for the National Field Trials! https://t.co/6qQES1tdMF NewHanoverSO photo

Merry Christmas from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office

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