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.

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 4:47pm
It’s National Gingerbread House day! Thanks to Jordan and Kassie from Patrol and Support Services Divisions for making our gingerbread house!
Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 3:36pm
This morning, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies gathered for a training session about the “Raise the Age” law that was put on by District Attorney Ben David, ADA Lillian Bright, and Pitt County DA Faris Dixon. NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 3:04pm
Thanks to Mr. Davis’s carpentry class at Ashley High School for making our K9 Unit all new obstacles for next year‘s USPCA 2020 National trials! Special Thanks to Foz, 107.5 and Wheelz Pizza for providing lunch for the students! #nhso #nhcs #107.5 #wheelzpizza #uspca NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 9:17am
This morning, SAFE will be keeping an extra eye on Codington and Freeman Elementary School zones. This afternoon, they will be at Hoggard and Laney High Schools. Everyone please be mindful of your speeds in ALL school zones and have a safe day! NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 3:43pm
At this point Animal Services Unit is not adopting out animals due to the Internet and phones being down. We will advise when those are back up and adoptions can continue.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 4:37pm
As a NHSO Deputy, our job is to help people! Here is Deputy Malcolm helping the pizza delivery driver with a flat tire in the cold. Serve and Protect NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 7:25pm
Damien Allen and Anthony Allen have been arrested for
Felony Breaking & Entering
Larceny of Firearms
Property Damage
Possession of Firearm by Felon
Heritage Guns, 5202 Carolina Beach Rd.
0/25/19 between 1 and 2 am
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 12:00pm
Congratulations to Chaplain Angie Yelverton who won first place in her age bracket at the 2019 Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run ! NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 3:25pm
Deputy G. Gregory and K9 Deputy Hano competing at the United States Police Canine Trials!
Monday, November 4th, 2019 at 11:40am
NHSO Mounted Unit participated in the 21st Annual Carolina’s Mounted Patrol Association Certification. NHSO placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Basic Certification Course. Congratulations to Raleigh PD Senior Officer John Hood placed 1st in the Advanced Certification Course. NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 1:50pm
Chief Deputy Ken Sarvis serves as a panelist on the WECT Town Hall Meeting on Opioids.
Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 10:22am
Missing Person

Haley Ann Porter
155 lbs.
Eye color: Brown
Hair Brown
Distinguishing marks/tattoos: band-aid tattoo on R knee, Flower tattoo on unknown arm.
Date missing: 09/28/2019
Missing from 719 Porters Neck Rd.
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Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 11:03am
Update: William Lane a 51-year-old black male, has been arrested by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Through the dedicated work of the Detective Division, Lane was identified and arrested for the armed robbery Sunday morning of the Handee Hugo @ 820 N College. NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 10:48am
Detective Stan Taylor received the Impact Award from the Domestic Violence Shelter. Congratulations Detective Taylor! NewHanoverSO photo
Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 10:29am
Lieutenant E. Granda and Sergeant C. Lind of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office partner with other local professionals of Latin descent to read stories for students at Bradley Creek Elementary School in honor of…


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