About the Wake County Sheriff's Office
The citizens of Wake County are not an interruption of our work but the purpose of it.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison
Donnie Harrison was sworn in as Sheriff of Wake County on December 2, 2002. Sheriff Harrison is the first certified law enforcement officer to be elected Sheriff in Wake County. Before serving Wake County as its Sheriff, Donnie Harrison was a veteran law enforcement officer. May 10, 2013, marked his 46th year in law enforcement.
Chief of Staff
The Chief of Staff provides management and direct support to all divisions and is the second-in-command behind the Sheriff of Wake County. He acts as advisor to the Sheriff and discusses issues involving the functions of the office.
Chief of Operations
The Chief of Operations monitors field operations, including patrol, communications, criminal investigations and special operations, and examines operational procedures. The Chief recommends improvements and efficiencies.
The legal counsel for the Wake County Sheriff's Office advises the Wake County Sheriff and his staff regarding all legal issues involving law enforcement and detention. This unit represents the Sheriff in legal proceedings, preparing cases, consulting with employees, reviewing written documentation, and appearing in court.
The Executive Aide to the Sheriff coordinates all information that is distributed to the news media, organizes news conferences, special forums and events, and serves as the ombudsman for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.
The Criminal Investigation Division provides specially trained and experienced detectives for follow-up investigation of all crimes reported to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
Learn more about the Criminal Investigations Division.
Responsible for the service of all civil process directed to the Sheriff of Wake County by the North Carolina General Court of Justice. This service, mandated by state law, is provided by the Sheriff's Office to all citizens of Wake County. This division also provides reports, pistol permits and concealed carry permits.
Learn more about Judicial Services.
The Administration Division provides support services for all divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. These services include financial, computers, records, recruiting, training, preservation of evidence, and human resources.
Learn more about the Administration Division.
The Patrol Division provides the front line of law enforcement service and protection to the unincorporated area of Wake County. Patrol also assists local municipal departments as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies.
A formation of highly trained, skilled and equipped units deployed to deter and combat criminal activity, safeguard the citizens and properties of Wake County; stabilize high risk situations and carry out diverse operations.
The Sheriff has the lawfully mandated responsibility for keeping custody and control of what the law refers to as "The Common Jail of Wake County." The jail consists of two, state-of-the-art detention facilities:
- 480-bed maximum security Detention Center at the Public Safety Center, downtown Raleigh
- 1088-bed facility at the Wake County Detention Center, 3301 Hammond Road, Raleigh
The Wake County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to serving the community in an efficient, effective and professional manner. The Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Section helps maintain public confidence and trust in the Sheriff’s Office.
The Management Services Division is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of the Sheriff's Office, providing accounting, financial management, procurement of goods and services, contract management, grant management, and warehousing of equipment in accordance with NC General Statutes. This division develops and updates the business plan for the Sheriff, and manages the human resources function for the Office.
Learn more about Management Services