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Vision Statement

“To serve with professionalism and to hold ourselves responsible and accountable to the citizens of New Hanover County.”


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.”


“Professionalism, Responsibility and Accountability”


The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is the principal law enforcement agency of New Hanover County, providing service to 202,667 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 mental patients, and service of criminal papers.


2013 Annual Report





Sheriff's Office Introduces Sheriff-2-Citizens

Use the link above to access our Sheriff to Citizen site.  This service allows you to search active inmate information, view active warrants, and find answers to frequently asked questions.




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Sheriff's Office Using Social Media Communication




The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is embracing social media.  You can now find us on facebook, follow us on Twitter and obtain news and information on our Blog.  To be more transparent, Sheriff McMahon has encouraged the use of these services to enhance communication between the Sheriff's Office and the public.


The NHSO Facebook pages offers fans the opportunity to see what is going on in your sheriff's office.  Media releases, photos, videos and upcoming community oriented programs will be posted by the Public Information Office.  Twitter will be used relay instant updates and information. 


Access the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry

Sex offender registration information is made available for the purposes of protecting the public, for keeping them informed and for allowing them to take proactive measures to ensure safety in your community. Click the link below to obtain more information about the registry, search the registry and sign-up for email and/or telephone alerts.