"The Sheriff shall keep and preserve the peace of his county"




D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Since initiated in 1983, over 100 million children have been informed about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Sergeant Johnny Hollifield instructs fifth graders for all Jackson County Public Schools in D.A.R.E.


Sergeant – Amber Wright



Community Crimes

The Community Crimes Unit, is responsible for working traffic throughout Jackson County with an emphasis on secondary roads, special events. They will also attend any traffic safety related events that your school or business may wish to host. Community Crimes Unit also provides demonstrations with the Seat Belt Convincer and Drunk Driving Golf Cart Simulator for public and school events. 


Seat Belt Convincer

The Seat Belt Convincer is a demonstration trailer purchased by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office with funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in order to provide a unique way to “Convince” participants to buckle up when they operate or ride in a motor vehicle. The rider is restrained in an automobile seat and approved seat belt. The sled travels down at speeds around 5mph coming to an abrupt stop, simulating a 5mph vehicle collision. The Convincer is available to come to your public event, or school. The Convincer is also available for use by any law enforcement agency, especially those in Western North Carolina.






Lieutenant Blake Watson

Sergeant Avery Brown


The Courts in Jackson County are secured by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as required by the North Carolina General Statutes. Courtroom security is overseen by Captain Bill Waldroup. In addition to his duties as the bailiff, Captain Waldroup is also assisted in the courtroom by Bailiffs Charles Hooper and Brett Bryson. Multiple types of courts are held in Jackson County Courtrooms to include a variety of District and Superior Courts and Grand Jurys. The Sheriff's Office also maintains the security at the Jackson County Justice Center. 



The Sheriff’s Emergency Tactical Team (S.E.T.T.) was formed in 1995. S.E.T.T. is similar to what is traditionally known as Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.). The Jackson County S.E.T.T. team consists of twleve sworn Jackson County Sheriff’s Office personnel, and one Certified Tactical Medic. This team performs high risk search warrants, hostage rescues, high risk warrant service, and a variety of other special operation tasks. 


School Resources

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office maintains a school resource officer at all of the Jackson County Public Schools. Smoky Mountain High School, Smokey Mountain Elementary, Blue Ridge School, Fairview Elementary, Scotts Creek Elementary, Cullowhee Valley Elementary, Summit Charter School, the Catamount Lab School, and the HUB. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office also works with Southwestern Community College providing two full time Deputies on the Sylva campus of SCC, which also has the Jackson County Early College on their campus. These officers work for the Sheriff but are assigned to work for the schools. The resource officer works hand in hand with school officials to keep the schools a safe place to learn for our children.

Crime Stoppers

Jackson County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers

CALL: 828-631-1125
EMAIL: crimestoppers@jacksonnc.org


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
399 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779
Attention: Crime Stoppers