Chowan County Sheriff's Office


Mailing Address:305 West Freemason Street
P.O. Box 78
Edenton, NC 27932
Telephone:(252) 482-8484
FAX:(252) 482-5813
Hours:24 Hours
Staff Contact:

Sheriff Dwayne L. Goodwin

 A Message from Sheriff Dwayne L. Goodwin

Welcome to the Chowan County Sheriff's Office web site!

We always attempt to utilize state-of-the-art methods and technology in law enforcement and I am proud to inform you that we have launched a publicly accessible site on the World Wide Web. Please take a look at who we are and what we do to serve and protect the citizens of Chowan County.

The Office of the Sheriff is provided for within the North Carolina Constitution. The citizens of the county in which the Sheriff serves, elect sheriffs for four-year terms. According to Common Law, the Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of a county. The Sheriff and the employees of the Sheriff--deputies, detention officers, telecommunications and civilians--comprise the Chowan County Sheriff's Office.


Chowan County Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency charged with enforcing the law, investigating crimes, apprehending criminals, providing custody and control of arrested persons through our detention facilities, serving the court system by service of civil and criminal process and furnishing court security. The Chowan County Sheriff's Office consists of the Office of Sheriff and the following divisions:


  • Administration
  • Patrol
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Civil
  • Community Involvement
  • Detention
  • 911 Emergency Communications

Chowan County is the smallest county in North Carolina with a total area of 147 square miles. Fifteen thousand citizens live here and depend on the Chowan County Sheriff's Office for primary law enforcement services. We work closely with the Town of Edenton Police Department and all state law enforcement agencies to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Chowan County. We invite you to learn more about our organization by clicking on the links available from the Sheriff's Office Divisions and Programs page.

 For Employment Opportunities with the Chowan County Sheriff's Office please click here


Mission and Responsibilities

The men and women of the Chowan County Sheriff's Office are committed to providing a high quality of services to the citizens of Chowan County. Whether your first contact is with the Communications Center, Detention Facility, or the Sheriff's Office, we recognize our responsibility to maintain order, while giving respect to every individual. It is our goal to work with the citizenry to make our county a safer place to live, work, worship, visit, and enjoy.


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