The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is a large, multi-faceted law enforcement agency served by over 250 sworn and professional staff members and over 100 volunteer personnel. Our agency serves and protects the 4th largest county in North Carolina and is committed to continuing our long history of outstanding service to this growing community.
We strive to seek innovative ways to provide excellent service and promote public safety in an era of limited government resources. We are proud of the high quality of law enforcement services that we provide to Brunswick County and it’s citizens.
Located on the Southeastern coast of North Carolina, Brunswick County borders the Atlantic Ocean and stretches from the South Carolina state line to the Cape Fear river encompassing nearly 1,050 square miles. As of the 2010 census, the population of Brunswick County was 107,992, making it the 37th fasts growing county in the nation.
Brunswick County was formed in 1764 from parts of Bladen County and New Hanover County. It was named for the colonial port of Brunswick Town (now in ruins) which was itself named for Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg; at the time, held by the British kings of the House of Hanover.
The Sheriff’s Office is the chief law enforcement agency in Brunswick County. We provide general law enforcement, detention, communications, court and animal protective services for the citizens of Brunswick County. Additionally, we provide specialized regional services to the entire county, including the incorporated cities and the unincorporated areas of the county.
Sheriff John W. Ingram, V, who was elected by the residents of Brunswick County, is the chief executive of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. He manages the Sheriff’s Office which includes two substations in Leland and Calabash, the Detention Center, the Communications Center, Animal Services Center and an array of support operations necessary to provide full law enforcement coverage for Brunswick County.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office provides a full range of law enforcement services including patrol, traffic and investigative services in the unincorporated (non-city) areas of Brunswick County. The North Carolina Highway Patrol has the primary jurisdiction for traffic services in unincorporated areas.
The Sheriff’s Office operates and maintains the Brunswick County Detention Center facility. All arrestees in Brunswick County are booked and housed at the Detention Center. The Detention Center provides a number of educational and rehabilitative programs to it’s inmate population of over 350 which are aimed at improving the reentry success of those inmates returning to our communities.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the security, safety and order of the Brunswick County courthouse consisting of the Judges, courthouse employees and the general public. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the transport of inmates to and from the Brunswick County Courthouse.
In July 2013, the Brunswick County 911 Communications Center merged with the Sheriff’s Office. The 911 Communications Center is the central dispatch facility serving all of the Sheriff’s Office field personnel, investigators, and specialty units. Additionally, the Sheriff’s public safety telecommunicators provide 9-1-1 call and dispatch services to all municipalities within the county.
In June 2012, Brunswick County Animal Services was moved under the control of the Sheriff’s Office. Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has provided animal services including animal bite and cruelty investigations, adoption services and the pick up of stray or unwanted animals in Brunswick County.