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The Burke County Sheriff's Office has been active in a number of projects and programs that will assist them in the performance of their jobs, thereby making Burke County a safer and better place to live for its over 90,000 citizens. These projects include:



Community Watch
Inactive community watch programs have been reactivated and many new programs have begun.


Received the Statewide Automated Victims Assistance and Notification computer system to interface our jail with the state network.




Prescription Drop Box
The prescription drop box is a safe way to dispose of unused medications. You can bring all your unused medication to the Sheriff's Office or Valdese Police Department and deposit in the drop box. No glass, syringes, or liquids.


School Resource Officers
Received funding from the Burke County Schools to place nine school resource officers in middle and high schools.


Mobile Data Terminals
Received a $64,742.00 grant from the Governor's Crime Commission for the purchase of eight laptop computers that are mounted in marked patrol cars. These units are linked to DMV and DCI and will allow officers to check suspicious persons and vehicles on the spot.


Bulletproof Vests
Received federal grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in 1999, 2000 and 2001 totaling $12,924, which paid one-half of the purchase price of bulletproof vests for deputies. Before the receipt of the 1999 grant, fifty-three officers either had no vest or vests that were outdated. Currently, every officer is sufficiently outfitted with a current bulletproof vest.




Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver has been implemented in Burke County to assist in locating missing elderly or mentally disabled persons. This is done through electronic devices worn by the person, which allows law enforcement to track their whereabouts in a much shorter amount of time. Contact the Community Policing Division of the Burke County Sheriff's Office for further information (828) 764-9524


Website and E-mail
Created the website you are now viewing which is located at and established email. The website will keep citizens informed as to programs, press releases, and up-to-date coverage of crime in Burke County.




Most Wanted List
Created a "Ten Most Wanted List" for Burke County which has resulted in the capture of a number of persons with outstanding warrants.


Taser Grants
The Sheriff's Office continues to apply for and receive grants that allow the purchase of tasers. In 2013, we will be able to purchase eight additional tasers and equipment.




Narcotics Task Force
Re-established the Burke County Narcotics Task Force to work cooperatively with other agencies in war against drugs.


Boat Patrol
The Sheriff's Office was able to purchase a Carolina Skiff with funds provided by the Burke County Board of Commissioners. 




The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is currently installed at the Burke County Sheriff's Office. The AFIS machine is used to fingerprint potential daycare workers, teachers, etc. This instrument allows a much quicker identification of the person being fingerprinted over standard ink rolling.


Explorer Scout Patrol
Re-activated Burke County Sheriff's Office Explorer program that teaches teenagers about the procedures and everyday life of a law enforcement officer. A number of youth that have been involved in the Explorer program have entered into law enforcement careers. 




Honor Guard
Established an Honor Guard Unit in 1999, which has been used for numerous events. Very high standards must be met to be a member of the unit.


Citizens Academy
The Citizens Academy is a program that consists of twelve weeks of instruction that allows citizens the opportunity to participate in twenty-one blocks of instruction. These blocks of instruction provide citizens an insight into the duties and responsibilities of the Burke County Sheriff's Office.


Social Media
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has entered the world of social media and is most active with its use of its Facebook Page,

The page is used to share press releases, used to solicit the public’s with cases, and provide the public with information about what’s going on in our county.


Satellite Offices
Established satellite offices in Rutherford College, Connelly Springs, Hildebran, and Lake James, which are manned by several officers during business hours in order to enhance the community policing concept. Each town provides the offices rent free. Also, a full time officer is assigned to the remote Jonas Ridge community in northwestern Burke County, due to the potentially long response time from Morganton.