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.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 12:38pm
Happy 10th Birthday Jango!! Thank you for being loyal to our agency for almost 9 years!👮‍♂️🐶🎂🎉
P.S.- He is absolutely NOT spoiled by his handler Sgt. Stegall AT ALL😉😉
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 6:41pm
Congratulations Sgt Kate McHugh! SABLE’s first female helicopter pilot!!!
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 11:37am
Do you live alone? Would you like to have someone check on you daily? The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office can help you with that!
Sunday, March 29th, 2020 at 11:54am
Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than…
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 1:34pm
Please read in it's entirety to learn more about closures and other restrictions within the county.
Friday, March 27th, 2020 at 6:22pm
Thanks, G-Code, a local vendor for supplying and supporting the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office with awesome gear! #GCODE #buylocal #NHSO NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 11:07am
The Sheriff Administration building, as well as the front desk for the Uniform Patrol Division, are now closed. If you need to speak to someone who works in either of these divisions, please contact…
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 9:41am
Media Release

Armed Robbery
NHSO investigating Armed Robbery of Circle K at 3053 Castle Hayne Rd. Suspect wearing a mask over his face, gloves, and was carrying what appeared to be a box cutter. Any info 910-798-4162 or
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Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 9:36am
We are still “OPEN” for business, however, we have now locked the front door to the Detention Facility and the Uniform Patrol Division. Please read this post in its entirety about the way we are…
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 2:09pm
Thanks to @buildersfirstchoice of Wilmington for donating all of the wood needed to build all-new obstacles for the USPCA National K-9 trials being held here in September. Special thanks to Ashley HS shop class for building the obstacles! NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 1:48pm
The following are canceled until further notice:
· In-person visitation
· Special visitation
· Non-Sheriff’s Office Clergy visitation
· All Programs/Classes
· Inmate Work Crew (outside the…
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at 9:13am
We are aware of other facilities that are closing to the public, however, at this time, we are still open for normal business. This includes the intake of "weekenders", magistrate services, paying bonds, inmate…

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