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Enforcement Division

The Enforcement Division of the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office is charged with the enforcement actions of the Sheriff's Office. The Enforcement Division includes the Professional Standards Division, the Patrol Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division.

Criminal Investigations Division

The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for the investigation of criminal offenses committed in Buncombe County’s jurisdiction. Reflecting the increasingly complex nature of contemporary police work, the division has grown more specialized over recent years.

This Division is commanded by a Criminal Investigations Captain. The Captain is assisted by three unit Lieutenants and two Administrative Assistants.

The Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division are assigned to one of the various areas of responsibility.

Patrol Division

Proper and professional response to the public's calls for service is the primary commitment and focus of the Sheriff's Patrol Division. We strive daily to offer quick responses with the most professional service possible to the residents of Buncombe County. Integrity, dignity, and professionalism are the guiding principles that govern our actions, and we hold all our actions accountable to the residents of Buncombe County at all times.

Professional Standards

The Office of Professional Standards is charged with policy and procedure processes of the Sheriff's Office. All actions are guided by policy. It is the responsibility of this division to establish and maintain these policies and procedures and to enforce adherence to policy. If there are discrepancies or violations of these policies, it is the Professional Standards’ responsibility to investigate and recommend corrective measures. Complaints from the residents of our County can also generate an investigation. Deputies are held accountable for individual actions and performance. If these actions generate a complaint from the residents the issue is investigated. These actions are at the direction and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of Enforcement.

The Office of Professional Standards has the responsibility for managing and scheduling all secondary employment performed by any Deputy Sheriff.

Locate & Contact

Enforcement Division


Major John Ledford
Enforcement Bureau

Communications Number
P: (828) 250-6670

Sheriff's Office
60 Court Plaza, 4th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

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Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.