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A Message from the Sheriff...

It is an honor to serve as Sheriff of Edgecombe County. As Sheriff, I believe that the sheriff’s office is the office of the people. In any organization, it is desirable that each member know and understand not only their agency’s mission or purpose, but also their department’s goals and objectives.

Direction and meaning is given to the organization’s activities when all concerned are familiar with the broader aspect of their respective duties.
Sheriff James Knight
James L. Knight


The mission of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is to serve the citizens in the most effective, efficient and compassionate way possible.

The Office of the Sheriff is a community-oriented department, providing twenty-four hour, seven day a week service to the citizens of Edgecombe County.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for criminal investigations, traffic offenses, service of civil and criminal processes, narcotic investigations, alcoholic beverage control enforcement, court security, transportation of prisoners, gang investigations, animal control, central communications for all county emergency services and operation of the detention center.

The sheriff’s office has over one hundred employees; over fifty of which are certified officers. These officers cover over 526 square miles with a population of close to 60,000. Most of the crimes investigated by the sheriff’s office are related to business and residential burglaries, larcenies, ABC and Narcotic violations and domestic violence. The more serious crimes such as homicides, armed robberies and rape are few in number for a community our size; however, they do occur.


The goal and primary focus of the Sheriff’s Office is to be “COMMITTED TO EDGECOMBE COUNTY” and to make it a safe and enjoyable place to live for all citizens.