To speak with Sheriff Coleman you can call (252)946-7111. If the Sheriff is unavailable at the time of the call, the receptionist will give him the message for a return call or you can come by the office located at 210 North Market Street in Washington on Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. If the Sheriff is away from the Office you can leave a message.

The Sheriff’s Office operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. You may reach a Deputy by dialing (252) 946-7111 twenty-four hours a day, or in an emergency situation by dialing 911. The actual office hours for the Sheriff’s Office are Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Feel free to visit our Contact page for more information and direct division emails.

To notify the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office of any suspected criminal activity, you may dial 911 in an emergency situation. For suspected on-going criminal activity or illegal drug activity, you may contact the Sheriff’s Office at (252) 946-7111 or Crime Stoppers at (252) 974-6400. Crime Stoppers will pay up a $1000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or a recovery of stolen property or illegal narcotics. All information received through Crime Stoppers is anonymous. For more information about Crime Stoppers go to

An involuntary commitment is not issued by the Sheriff’s Office. Commitment orders are issued by a magistrate or other judicial official. Once the order has been received by the Sheriff’s Office, immediate service will be attempted. Once served, the individual is transported by local law enforcement to the nearest medical/mental health facility for evaluation by qualified medical/mental health personnel. After evaluation, if medical/mental health personnel determine that the individual is to be committed, the Sheriff’s Office will provide transportation to the designated mental health facility.

In emergency situations, an ex parte may be issued by a Magistrate.
During regular business hours, an ex parte may be obtained through the Clerk of Court (Civil Division). Once the ex parte order has been issued by the appropriate judicial official, the Sheriff’s Office attempts immediate service.

Though your Jury Duty notice is mailed by the Sheriff’s Office, your name is selected randomly and sent to us from the Clerk of Court’s office. Your name may have been selected from Division of Motor Vehicle files, tax records or other documents.

The cost for fingerprint cards are $10.00. Fingerprints are taken Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 AM to 11:20 AM.

The cost is $5.00 per permit. Applicants may obtain five permits per approved application.

Individuals may apply for a pistol permit by coming to the Sheriff’s Office and completing an application. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.  Applicants must have valid picture identification at the time of the application.  Applications take approximately five to seven working days to process.  Handgun, Concealed Handgun, and other permit applications can be found under the resources menu on our website.