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, May 25th, 2020 at 10:00am
Did you know Memorial Day dates all the way back to the Civil War? It was known then as Decoration Day. In 1971, Congress marked Memorial Day as a national holiday. Today, we remember all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at 11:01am
Today is week 4 of Feature Friday! Please visit our Instagram or Facebook pages to read all about the Detective Division! NewHanoverSO photo
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 at 10:00am
Today is the first day of National EMS Week! This week honors all of those who work as the front line of the medical field. Whether an accident, a national emergency, or a terrorist act, the EMS work quickly and efficiently to save lives. NewHanoverSO photo
Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 10:00am
Happy National Armed Forces Day! Armed Forces Day was conceived by President Truman in 1949 and was made an official holiday by President Kennedy in 1962. Today is a day to celebrate all of the brave men and women who are serving our country in all five branches of the military. NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 11:35am
Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day when we recognize the more than 900,000 sworn Law Enforcement Officers in this country and remember the ones who are no longer with us.

To read the President's full proclamation, please visit
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Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 4:14pm
Master Deputy Gordon and Corporal Moore spent some time yesterday in the Tidalwalk Community doing some community policing with these beauties! NewHanoverSO photo
Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at 9:30pm
Remember the "9 PM Routine" from our 12 Days of Holiday Safety segment?! We thought we should check back in with a little reminder. It's almost that time so start your week off right and check your vehicles!

✔️ Remove guns
✔️ Remove valuables
✔️ Lock your doors
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Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at 9:00am
Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 10:54am
Take a moment to look over this table that was shared by Governor Cooper to learn what Phase I of reopening North Carolina means for you! These changes take effect at 5 pm today. NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 10:46am
Happy Feature Friday! Today is the last day talking about the Detention Division. To read all about Classification, Transportation, the Special Response Team, and the Front Desk, please visit our Instagram or Facebook pages! NewHanoverSO photo
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 9:00am
Today is the first day of National Nurses Week! We can all agree that 2020 has been extra difficult on the nurses in our communities, so let's all take a minute and thank a nurse for everything they do each and every day! NewHanoverSO photo
Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 7:51am
Although this year's Teacher Appreciation Week may be looking much different than years past, let's all remember to thank a teacher! Even though school is out, they are still working SO hard and enriching the minds of the next generation! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, May 1st, 2020 at 10:00am
Happy Feature Friday and welcome back for Detention Division Part 2!

Today we are talking about half of the Specialty Unit Squad; the Training Unit, Community One, and Logistics.

To read about what these squads do on a daily basis, please visit our Facebook or Instagram pages!
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Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at 11:32am
This little one turned 3 yesterday and since he loves cops cars and fire trucks, Off. Genda put together a small parade for him with the help of Cpl. Alip and MDS Sellers! During a time of crisis, it is nice to see depts working together to make his birthday dream come true! NewHanoverSO photo
Friday, April 24th, 2020 at 1:24pm
Today’s Feature Friday is all about the Detention Division!
Senior Staff:
•Major Price
•Captain G. Johnson-Security Division Commander
•Lieutenant Gregor-Security Assistant Division Commander

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