Emergency Update

County offices and facilities are closed on Saturday, January 22.

Road conditions in the county remain icy, especially on bridges and overpasses, so residents are encouraged to stay home and off roads at this time. Visit EmergencyNHC.com for more information.

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.


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

As a reminder, all county offices are closed today. https://t.co/WcL2p0XQtr
NewHanoverSO photo
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is hiring for Deputies and Detention Officers. Apply today! https://t.co/Npcm514oAu NewHanoverSO photo
🎅Day 12 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!🤶
If you see something, say something.
If you see something suspicious or unlawful, notify police.
The Non-Emergency dispatch number is 910-452-6120 and the Emergency number is 9-1-1.

🎄Merry Christmas!!🎄 https://t.co/TZB0Oz69r5
NewHanoverSO photo
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! https://t.co/DDmuZTSeRW
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 10 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

Don’t display 🎁 under a 🎄 in front of a window for passing 🚗 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! https://t.co/Tc5ivH1ads
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 9!🎁

Keep your garage door closed unless you are working in your garage or in the yard.
Keep your belongings and home safe and secure!

See you tomorrow for Day 10! https://t.co/12J1gdDANK
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 8 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

Break down boxes and place them in a dark trash bag.
Outsiders don’t need to know what’s inside!

Check back tomorrow for Day 9! https://t.co/bJov7fpdCN
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 7!

'Tis the season for holiday parties!

☃️Have a designated driver
⛄️Use a ride share service
☃️Call someone to come get you
⛄️If you see someone who plans to drive after drinking, take their keys and help find a way to get them home.

See you back for Day 8! https://t.co/DbX7vDmXQK
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 6 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

There is safety in numbers! There are signs that you are alone that criminals look for:

Not conversing with people around you
Looking at your phone for an extended period of time
Walking in a parking lot alone
When you can, shop with others! https://t.co/9wrCtDhQKG
NewHanoverSO photo
Congratulations to all those who graduated from the Field Training Officer program!

DO Cpl. Willis
DO Avant
DO Balloon
DO Perez
DO Avila
DO Figueroa
Deputy Farris
DO Collier
DO Jakway
DO Unger
DO Pitt https://t.co/hQHqce48VT
NewHanoverSO photo
Yesterday the Mounted Unit spread Christmas cheer at the Porters Neck Walmart and surrounding areas! We met with many happy shoppers and shared some smiles and laughs!! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from the Mounted Unit!! https://t.co/GcO8UaDlTy NewHanoverSO photo
Day 5 of the 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

If you’re using an online marketplace, our Detention Facility has 2 marked "safe spots" that are under video surveillance 24/7.

This location can be used year-round, but it is especially important to remember during the holiday season! https://t.co/YNLQusFXek
NewHanoverSO photo
We are receiving a lot of calls about scam phone calls asking for money. Remember never send someone you don't know money over the phone, by an app or any other way!!!
Day 4 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

❄️Be smart about what you share on social media
❄️Exercise caution with what you post when you are out of town
❄️Pictures and check-ins can reveal a lot to a criminal who is paying attention

See you tomorrow! https://t.co/SMn33zRtSc
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 3 of 12 Days of Holiday Safety!

Whether you’re heading out to a holiday party 🍾, shopping 🎁, or going on an extended trip ✈️, keep some lights on when you are not home to make it look like someone is there.

Check back tomorrow for Day 4! https://t.co/X36varaMmx
NewHanoverSO photo
Day 2 of the 12 Days of Holiday Safety! 🎄🎁

Plan ahead when shopping! Always make your big purchases during your last stop and don’t leave these items unattended in your vehicle.

See you tomorrow for Day 3! https://t.co/3WTjV28bAa
NewHanoverSO photo
Today we kick off our 12 Days of Holiday Safety! Follow along for daily safety tips this holiday season!

Day 1
Always do the vehicle "9 PM Routine"
✔️Remove guns
✔️Remove valuables
✔️Lock your doors

Check back tomorrow for Day 2 holiday safety tip! https://t.co/H54xqJNFt7
NewHanoverSO photo

Our Continued Journey 1898-2020 Together

Drug Drop-Off Locations
New Hanover County Sheriff App
New Hanover County Sheriff App
Sheriff's Office: 3950 Juvenile Center Road • Castle Hayne, NC 28429 • Phone 910-798-4200 • Fax 910-798-4212
Skip to content