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.


Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 11:46am
Missing Person Checklist 

Blake Arlen Krause
Eye color: Blue
Hair: Gray
Date missing: 09/13/2021
Location last seen: 4605 Riplee Dr. Wilmington NC 28405
Tan khaki shorts, navy blue shirt, brown leather penny loafer
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Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 3:35pm
The New Hanover County Sheriffs Office working in partnership with the New Hanover County schools has begun the reunification of parents and kids from New Hanover high school at the MLK center.
Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 1:53pm
New Hanover high school is currently being searched by SRO’s to ensure all students have been evacuated. We will let you know when you can pick up your child from the MLK center.
Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 1:04pm
NHSO is on scene at New Hanover high school where students are being evacuated to Williston middle school do to a shooting. Parents will need to pick up their children from the MLK Center once the school has done an accurate headcount.
Monday, August 2nd, 2021 at 3:16pm
The NHSO's National Night Out has been postponed to October 13th due to inclement weather. We still hope to have all of our planned activities and vendors present. If you have any question please feel free to contact the NHSO CAP Unit 1st Sgt. Montjoy at 910-798-4162.
Saturday, July 24th, 2021 at 10:13am
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide in the Middle Sound area, this is an isolated incident and we do not believe there’s any threat to the neighborhood, additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 at 7:15pm
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has taken no reports or received any information of anyone being kidnapped from any park including Long Leaf Park. Unfortunately there is information spreading on social media that is incorrect we hope this clarifies the information.
Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 10:19am
Today is PTSD Awareness Day. Did you know:

1. 3.5% of American adults struggle with PTSD, which is about 8 million people.
2. It affects women more than men.
3. It is widespread in veterans.
4. Children can get PTSD.
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Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 at 3:50pm
Huge THANK YOU to Katie Dorsett-Dye with Katie D Photography for donating this beautiful canvas print to our raffles for the 2021 USPCA National Patrol K9 Trials!
Monday, June 14th, 2021 at 12:26pm
The paparazzi caught Corporal Alip passing out stickers and McDonalds ice cream passes this weekend!

Way to go to these kiddos for being safe!!

Our Continued Journey 1898-2020 Together

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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