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, July 8th, 2020 at 3:42pm
This decision was a hard one but due to the uncertainty of the future, the 2020 USPCA National Police K9 Event is being postponed until Sept '21. The K9 Unit wants to thank everyone for their support for while planning this event and is VERY excited to host!
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Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 5:12pm
Special Thanks to Atlantic Marine and David Floyd! On Friday, July 3, @ 5 pm David's crew stayed after hours to repair the Sheriff's silver ship power steering that failed. Thanks for your unprecedented dedication to your community! NewHanoverSO photo
Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at 11:00am
Happy 4th of July!!!

Things sure look different this year but we hope everyone still has a fun and SAFE day celebrating the independence of this great country!
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 at 8:37am
K9 Bane had a little photo shoot in front of the office this morning before his shift started! NewHanoverSO photo
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 at 5:39pm
We have already had several phone calls wondering about mask wearing mixed with carrying a concealed weapon.... If you have a CCW, you may carry and wear a protective mask as required. Please be sure you also carry the permit and a photo ID in case you come into contact with LEO
Sunday, June 21st, 2020 at 8:58am
Thank you to Wilmington Christian Academy K4 and K5 Preschool for bringing us this beautiful artwork to hang up! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 1:05pm
Another wonderful birthday surprise! Thank you Deputy Blevins for making this 11 year old’s birthday super special! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 11:43am
"Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

To read more about this important date in our history, please visit or
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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 at 4:22pm
From our inbox:

“I wanted to say thank you so much to Deputy’s Guiess, Wartman, and Tucker!!(Sorry if I spelled names wrong) They were all so nice and professional when I was having a rough time, and left some nice gifts that I needed on my balcony for us.”
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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 5:06pm
CONGRATS to our newest BLET graduates! Lots of hard work has paid off with the promotion from Detention Officers to Deputies!

Pictured left to right (in the first picture):

Dep M.D. Burlingame
Dep M.T. Berger
Dep N.M. Schaivone
Dep S.C. Wasner

(not pictured Dep D.C. Atkins)
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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 1:53pm
Huge THANK YOU to Ms. Fox for the bagel delivery this morning! We so appreciate all the acts of kindness we have been on the receiving end of💙 NewHanoverSO photo
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 9:43am
Congratulations to the graduates of our latest Detention Officer Certification Course!

Pictured left to right:

Deputy B.L. Corbett Jr.
D/O M.X. Fuller
D/O A.Z. Cook
D/O K.L. Lemaster
D/O T.M. Hayden
Deputy P.C. Woodruff
D/O J.A. Benson
D/O C.B. Boyd
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Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 6:52am
Cpl. Blackmon took some time during this past week’s protests to show this little girl what being on the Bike Unit is all about💙
Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 2:57pm
Big thank you to Backing the Blue K9 for each K9’s personalized blue line flag that will go on the inside our vehicle kennel doors. These things look so cool!!

Our Continued Journey 1898-2020 Together

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