List of law enforcement agencies in North Carolina

This is a list of law enforcement agencies in the state of North Carolina.

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics' 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, the state had 504 law enforcement agencies employing 23,442 sworn police officers, about 254 for each 100,000 residents.[1]

State agenciesEdit

County agenciesEdit

Sheriffs have been required in each county of North Carolina since the North Carolina Constitution of 1776. Article VII, Section 2 of the 1971 Constitution of North Carolina gives the authority and qualifications for a sheriff in each county:[2][3]

  • "In each county a Sheriff shall be elected by the qualified voters thereof at the same time and places as members of the General Assembly are elected and shall hold his office for a period of four years, subject to removal for cause as provided by law. No person is eligible to serve as Sheriff if that person has been convicted of a felony against this State, the United States, or another state, whether or not that person has been restored to the rights of citizenship in the manner prescribed by law. Convicted of a felony includes the entry of a plea of guilty; a verdict or finding of guilt by a jury, judge, magistrate, or other adjudicating body, tribunal, or official, either civilian or military; or a plea of no contest, nolo contendere, or the equivalent. (2010-49, s. 1)"

In two counties, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties, the county police have constitutionally mandated county wide responsibilities instead of the sheriff's department.

City/town agenciesEdit

College & university agenciesEdit

Other agenciesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, by Brian A Reaves, US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, July 2011
  2. ^ "Constitution of North Carolina of 1971". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "North Carolina Constitution of 1776". 1776. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Alamance Country Sheriff's office". Alamance Country Sheriff. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Alexander County Sheriff's Office". exander County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Alleghany County Sheriff's Department". Alleghany County Sheriff. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Ku Klux Klan fliers pop up in Brunswick County". WECT. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Iredell County Sheriff's Office". Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Huffman, Dane. "NC officers arrested in major drug bust" (1 May 2015). WNCN. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  10. ^ a b Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't; by Molly Redden, 30 September 2014, Mother Jones
  11. ^ Leland PD fires one officer; two others resign amidst SBI investigation; by Ben Powell, 1 September 2014, WECT
  12. ^ "Maxton officer suspended after firing into vehicles". Laurinburg Exchange. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  13. ^ Judge sets aside former cop's prostitution with teen conviction; by WWAY, 20 August 2014
  14. ^ s Two Men Go Free, a Dogged Ex-Prosecutor Digs In; by Richard Opell Jr., 7 September 2104, The New York Times
  15. ^ "Stallings Police Department". Stallings. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  16. ^ Former officer accused of stealing money from White Lake Police Dept.; by Kasey Cunningham, WECT, 19 August 2014