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.

Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at 12:15pm
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Don't commit crime,
And we won't arrest you!
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 at 1:07pm
K9 Bane and his handler Master Deputy Pedersen spent some time with the kindergartners and 1st graders at Winter Park Elementary yesterday!
Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 5:10pm
NHSO conducted the Lieutenant promotional exam this week! Thanks to all those who assisted in making the selections and congratulations to all those who passed the test! NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 at 11:52am
Did anyone watch Punxsutawney Phil this morning?? Looks like there's going to be 6 more weeks of winter! #groundhogday2021 NewHanoverSO photo
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 at 1:48pm
Today we are recognizing all the law enforcement spouses out there because every officer deserves a great support system and every great support system deserves a little recognition!

Friday, January 15th, 2021 at 10:22am
Today, we celebrate the birthday of civil right’s leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. When we hear his name, we most often think of his “I Have A Dream” speech, or the civil rights movement.

To read more about MLK's life, please visit
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Monday, January 11th, 2021 at 5:15pm
Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the entire month of January is recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To read more about today and the reason is it recognized, please visit NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 5:00pm
We know that 2020 has been hard on a lot of people and that the new year will be a cause for celebration. Please remember to plan ahead for how you will get home safely if you are drinking. We want everyone to make it to 2021 and have a great New Years Eve! NewHanoverSO photo
Thursday, December 31st, 2020 at 2:18pm
Thank you SO much to Mike George and Tim Wright for providing lunch from Chick-fil-A for the Detention staff!
Thursday, December 24th, 2020 at 6:26pm
Santa visited with some patrol deputies today before he started his Christmas Eve rounds! 🎅🏼
Thursday, December 24th, 2020 at 11:00am
🎅Day 12 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!🤶

If you see something, say something.
If you see something suspicious or unlawful, notify police. Remember: Team work makes the dream work! We all want a safe community!
The Non-Emergency dispatch number is 910-452-6120 or call 9-1-1.
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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 at 11:00am
Day 11!

Load your trunk when you leave a location.
Don’t load your trunk, fill it with valuables, close it, and walk away to continue shopping.

See you tomorrow for the last day, Day 12!
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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 at 11:00am
Day 10 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

Don’t display gifts under a tree in front of a window for passing traffic to see!

🎁Wait to put gifts out
🎁Close your blinds
🎁Position your tree where outsiders can’t see in

Check back tomorrow for Day 11!
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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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