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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office provides service to more than 140,000 people within 185 square miles. The Sheriff’s duties are to perform and comply to the following responsibilities: courtroom security, service of civil process, transportation of prisoners and mental patients, and service of criminal papers. Patrolling of the county, investing crimes, apprehending criminals, and providing custody or control for arrested defendants, both pre-trial and sentenced are handled by the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff’s Office operates under the following 5 divisions: Patrol Division, Detective Divison, Vice and Narcotics Division, Support Services Division, and Detention Division.

The Patrol Division operates twenty-four hours a day yearly. It is formed by has four squads A, B, C, and D. A Sergeant is assigned to each quad and supervises the shift, and five patrol deputies. The deputies are assigned to different sections of New Hanover County's 199 square mile area. Each squad works a twelve-hour rotating shift, with the deputies rotating to either day or night shift. The schedule allows each squad to be off-duty every other weekend. This division has sub divisions specializing in the following sections: K-9 Unit, SRO Unit, Emergency Response Team, Sheriff's Alcohol Field Enforcement Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, Training Unit, E.O.D. Unit, and Boat Patrol Unit. The Vice and Narcotics Division is responsible for the enforcement of drug and vice statutes and the investigation of narcotics and vice related crimes. The Detective Division conduct follow-up investigations of crimes. Fraud cases are assigned to the White Collar Crimes Unit, child sexual assault cases are assigned to Juvenile/Child Abuse Unit, etc.

Contact information:

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office
3950 Juvenile Center Rd.
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Phone: (910) 341-4200
Fax: (910) 341-4039


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