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an organization of men and women dedicated to protecting and serving the
people in our county. Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass is an elected official,
who fills a variety of important law enforcement and administrative duties
in our community.
are sworn law enforcement personnel, appointed by the Sheriff as an
extension of himself, to help him uphold the law, preserve the peace, and
carry out the many duties assigned to him.
Sheriff of Orange County, as in all counties in North Carolina,
is elected for a term of four years. The Sheriff and his staff
are available to all citizens in the county, whether in the rural areas or a
municipality with its own police department, mainly concentrating law
enforcement efforts in the areas not inside the municipalities. ***The
Sheriff and his deputies have the authority to arrest for any violation of
the law and are the only law enforcement officers in a given county with
authority to serve Civil Process.
are responsible for answering and resolving complaints such as domestic
violence, domestic abuse, missing persons and runaways, drug violations,
assaults, larcenies and burglaries, homicides, arsons, vandalisms, etc.
patrol and investigations divisions use their training, equipment, and
knowledge of the people to successfully investigate and conclude
investigations and bring perpetrators of these crimes to court.
Sheriff also has the responsibility of maintaining and operating the county
jail, serving as an officer of the court and making sure that judge's orders
are carried out. The Sheriff is also responsible for transporting prisoners
to and from court and other jurisdictions.
Sheriff has the sole responsibility for the service of all civil process
received. North Carolina
General Statutes state specifically only Sheriffs and Sworn Deputy Sheriffs
are authorized to serve civil process. Many people do not realize that a
Domestic Order under General Statute 50-B is a civil process.
Sheriff's Office personnel also provides assistance to agencies such as fire
departments, emergency management personnel, and other law enforcement
agencies in Orange County.
Sheriff's Office works to help improve the quality of life in the county by
sponsoring Community Watch.
are provided, upon request, to civic organizations and officers help with
crime prevention programs, such as child fingerprinting and identification
addition, D.A.R.E. officers spend many hours in the elementary schools
talking to kids about the consequences of using illegal drugs, alcohol, and
Can You, As Citizens, Do
Watch. The Sheriff's Office needs your eyes and ears to see and
hear. Report suspicious people,
cars, and conditions. Take the initiative and learn how easy it is to
report your suspicions and how we in law enforcement need your every call to
steps to protect yourself, your family, and your property from crime.
informed citizen. Be aware of the crimes going on around you.
with and support your Sheriff's Office. Let them know your needs and
be aware of theirs.