Sheriff's Office

Sheriff New Kent County

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:


The Sheriff’s Office is implementing protocols to attempt to limit “in-person” contact in light of the issues surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - will still respond to calls and conduct patrols yet residents will experience some non-emergency calls being handled by telephone. The Sheriff’s Office Building, The F. W. Howard, Jr. Law Enforcement Office, will be closed to the public until further notice.

In addition, until the State of Emergency Order has been rescinded, we will be temporarily:

1.  Re-scheduling any fingerprinting for employment purposes.
2.  Re-scheduling community programs and presentations.
3.  Re-scheduling citizen ride-alongs.
4.  Asking that any requests for reports can be handled by telephone or email. These requests will be fulfilled and provided by email or U.S. Postal Service.
5.  Requesting that all visitors, including vendors, return at a later date, unless it is an emergency.

For emergencies, use 911; for non-emergency calls residents will still call (804) 966-9500. To request copies of reports please call (804) 966-9502, if there is no answer please leave your contact information and you will be contacted as soon as possible. In most cases non-emergency calls will be handled over the phone.  All emergency services will still be available for all citizens and visitors to our county. For any additional questions please contact this office at our non-emergency number – (804) 966-9500. These restrictions may be extended.


Agency Overview

 The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is the principal provider of law enforcement for the County of New Kent, providing service to an estimated population of 20,000 residents within the county’s 212-square-miles. Under the new leadership of Sheriff J.J. "Joe" McLaughlin, Jr., the Sheriff’s Office will continue to be one of the most respected and professional law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Mission Statement

The members of the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office shall, through a partnership with the citizens of our community, provide for the highest possible degree of protection for the county residents, guests, and their properties. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office shall endeavor to develop community responsibilities devoted to the reduction of crime and the enhancement of public safety. These efforts shall include problem solving strategies, crime analysis, crime suppression, and crime prevention techniques, a business / community / law enforcement alliance, and other approaches designed to establish an environment where the criminal element will not prosper.

Resource Information

For information on traffic safety, child safety seats, or other resources please call us or you may click the "Community Resources" link in the upper left side of this page. If you would like to test your phone line to verify that the enhanced 911 system has your information correct please visit our 911 Verification page.

Complaints or Commendations

Complaints or commendations are welcome. To make either a complaint or commendation, please use the corresponding links below for more information.

Complaint Form

Commendation Form

Certificate of Re-Accreditation

***The New Kent County Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.