Asa B. Buck, III (R) Carteret County Sheriff
Asa B. Buck, III was born and raised in Carteret County. A graduate of East Carteret High School (1993), he went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.
Asa has been serving the citizens of Carteret County for almost 20 years. He began his career as a bailiff in 1998 and upon completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program he was promoted to a full-time patrol deputy with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Asa quickly moved up the ranks to become Sergeant in 2002 and later Lieutenant of the Patrol Division in 2006.
In 2006, Asa was elected Sheriff of Carteret County. Since being elected as Carteret County Sheriff, Asa has worked on fighting drug crimes with drug roundups, initiating a prescription drug take-back program and hiring more drug enforcement officers. Additional improvements include changes to the county 911 communications system, the addition of cameras and upgraded computer systems in the county’s detention center, the addition and use of naloxone, a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose, which is now available in deputy’s patrol cars.
In his role as Sheriff, Asa is responsible for managing a staff of 91 with an annual budget of more than $8 million. Asa is committed to operating an office with an open door policy to any citizen whom may have concerns, complaints, or suggestions regarding the office.
Sheriff Buck is serving his third term protecting and serving Carteret County’s 70,000 citizens. The public’s confidence and support is based upon Sheriff Buck’s reputation and results as Carteret County’s top law enforcement officer and his relentless quest to rid Carteret County of drugs and violence. Sheriff Buck extends an open invitation for anyone needing assistance to contact his office at (252) 728-8400.
Sheriff Buck and his wife Katina have two children, stepdaughter Kristen Garner and son Asa Bryant Buck IV.
Honors and Affiliations
North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, 2016; East Carolina University Division of Student Affairs – 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2015; President – North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (2014-2015); Vice President – North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (2013-2014); Healthy Carolinians of Carteret County Substance Abuse Task Force Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2009; East Carolina University Criminal Justice Program Outstanding Senior, Class of ’98; North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Leadership Institute Graduate, 2008; North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Executive Committee; North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee; North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Jail and Law and Order Committee; Carteret County 9-1-1 Center Advisory Board; Carteret County Republican Executive Committee; North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee; Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) Board Member; Franklin Lodge #109 – Past Master 2001 & 2004; Scottish Rite Mason; York Rite Mason; Shriner.
Main Office (Non-Emergency) (252) 728-8400
Main Office (Fax) (252) 504-4818
Main Lobby (252) 728-8400; ext. 8808
Public Information (252) 728-8400; ext. 8810
Records (252) 728-8400; ext. 8813
Public Fingerprinting (252) 728-8400; ext. 8808
Inmate Visitation (252) 504-4832
Inmate Transportation (252) 728-8400
Medical (252) 504-4832
Law Enforcement Agencies
Atlantic Beach Police Department (252) 726-2523
Beaufort Police Department (252) 728-4561
Cape Carteret Police Department (252) 393-2183
Emerald Isle Police Department (252) 354-2021
Indian Beach Police Department (252) 247-6700
Morehead City Police Department (252) 726-5361
NC DOC Probation Office (252) 728-3877
NC State Highway Patrol (252) 726-5766
Newport Police Department (252) 223-5410
Pine Knoll Shores Police Department (252) 247-2474
911 Communications Center (252) 726-1911
Carteret County Schools (252) 728-4583
Clerk of Court's Office (252) 504-4400
District Attorney's Office (252) 504-4500
Emergency Management Services (EMS) (252) 222-5841
Register of Deeds (252) 728-8474
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is a multi-faceted law enforcement agency served by over 90 sworn and professional staff members. Our agency serves and protects the citizens of Carteret County and is committed to continuing our long history of safety, service and accountability.
Asa B. Buck, III was born and raised in Carteret County. A graduate of East Carteret High School, he went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. Asa has served in the position of Sheriff for over 10 years.
Members of the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office shall endeavor to preserve the peace and provide the highest level of ethical service of all Carteret County citizens and visitors.
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Applications for Deputy Sheriff Positions and Detention Officer Positions may be picked up at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office located at 304 Craven St., Beaufort, NC between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. You may also download a copy to your computer by selecting Job Application.
If you have an EMERGENCY or want to report a crime that is in progress call 911.
For non-emergency calls, please contact Carteret Emergency Communications by dialing (252) 726-1911
Anonymous reports of criminal activity can be reported to Carteret County Crime Stoppers by dialing (252) 726-INFO or by submitting an email to Carteret County Sheriff’s Office CRIME TIPS
You can now text your Crime Stopper tips by dialing (252) 241-0946
This is for non-emergency information or to report something unusual in your neighborhood that is not in progress
- Rarely does anyone appear to be home
- Higher than normal traffic in and out of the residence at odd hours, especially at night
- Frequent loading and unloading of equipment (i.e. large fans, lights, plastic plant containers and bags of potting soil)
- Residents and visitors avoid contact with neighbors
- Blacked out windows or blinds drawn all of the time
- Condensation on blacked out windows
- Sounds of construction or electrical “humming” from equipment may be heard
- Localized surges or decreases in power
- A “Skunk” smell in the air, often at the same time each day or night
- Little outside maintenance to exterior of property
- Large amounts of garbage being produced by the household containing used soil and plant material
- Bright lights coming from residence (High intensity bulbs are used by growers to accelerate the plant growth)
- Warning signs are posted in windows or around the exterior of the residence (i.e. Beware of Dog, No Trespassing, Guard Dogs on Property, etc.)
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What You Will Need
When you are registering, you will need:
- Your ID
- The date and place of your conviction
- The offense for which you were convicted
Notifying Us of a Move
Once you have registered with us (or re-registered upon moving back into Carteret County) you need to keep us informed if you move. You must notify us in person at the following address:
If you move outside of Carteret County, please notify us in person. You will also need to register in person at the Sheriff’s Office in the county to which you move.
Any questions regarding registration requirements, or relief from the requirement to register should be directed to a Detective at (252) 728-8400.
Locations and Times
Convicted sex offenders who live in Carteret County must register at:
Registration takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes. New Convicted Sex Offender’s will be fingerprinted and photographed.
Use the main entrance of the CCSO and wait for the receptionist to buzz you in to the main lobby. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You can send a request by U.S. Mail
Please call (252) 728-8400 for more information.
Hours of Operation – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office currently offers both Live Scan “inkless” fingerprinting technology and ink fingerprints. Live scan is the process used to digitally obtain and transmit fingerprints. This technology complies with all national standards and formats and can be used in place of inked cards, regardless of where the cards are being submitted.
Once fingerprints are digitally obtained, they are transmitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as needed. The DOJ and FBI will evaluate the prints and transmit the results to the requesting agency within 3 to 14 days.
Residents interested in having fingerprints taken (at the request of the potential employer) may bring their own fingerprint card which is provided by the prospective employer. If a potential employer has given you a fingerprint card, or an OAI (Originating Agency Identifier) number, please bring that information so that we can transfer the information to your scanned and printed card. If a potential employer does not provide you with a fingerprint card, the Sheriff’s Office will provide you with one.
To ensure the safety of everyone and the efficiency of the Fingerprint/Live Scan services we ask for compliance on the following:
- We can not print individuals with open wounds on their fingers
- Lotion, or oil based products should not be worn the day of fingerprinting
- All cell phones and non-medical related electronic devices should be turned off prior to entering our facilities.
- Pets and nonessential individuals should not attend an applicant’s appointment.
Payment and Fees
- A Fee of $10.00 is required and may be paid with Cash or Money Order
- Money Orders should be made payable to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office
- We do not accept personal checks
Take the time to recognize the deputy by writing us a letter or you can download our form by clicking here and mailing to the address listed below.
The Bailiff’s are assigned to the courthouse for courtroom security. They also conduct routine inspections in the courthouse, maintain custody of prisoners in the courtroom and provide security for judges and jurors.
The primary responsibilities of the Civil Division is to serve child support papers, subpoenas, civil summonses, writ of executions and summary ejectment orders.
Since 1995, North Carolina has allowed qualifying residents of the state to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun from the sheriff of the applicant’s home county. The permit is valid for five years unless it is revoked. If you desire to obtain a concealed carry permit, you must apply in the county you reside in.
This team is assigned to investigate misdemeanor and felony property crimes, including burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, trespass, and other crimes.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office manages the county’s only jail facility. Located in Beaufort, North Carolina, the Carteret County Detention Center (CCDC) is responsible for the care, control and custody of Carteret County inmates and for the safety of staff and visitors.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office currently offers both Live Scan “inkless” fingerprinting technology and ink fingerprints.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for golf cart permits.
The Sheriff’s Office will have a filed copy of the report, within a few days of the incident. If the investigation is ongoing, the report may not be available, though you may be able to get a “public portion” of the report.
Inmate visitation is a privilege that can be restricted or denied at anytime. Visiting hours are restricted to specific times for specific areas in the jail facility. Inmates are allowed 1 visitation per week on their assigned day.
You must obtain a valid handgun purchase permit whether you receive the weapon from a commercial dealer or a private person. The requirement also applies without regard to whether it is a transaction for money or a gift.
The North Carolina General Statutes require that each Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina maintain the Sex Offender Registry in their prospective counties.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office holds public auctions after property has been seized due to Writ of Executions or Civil Orders from the courts.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) utilizes a County multijurisdictional Special Response Team (SRT) that has the responsibility of responding to any critical high-risk situations that may arise out of the Sheriff’s Office duties.
The District Attorney’s Office represents victims of crimes. Victims and witnesses subpoenaed by the State need to contact the District Attorney’s Office for instructions or concerns. Contact the Victim/Witness Legal Assistant at (252) 504-4500.
In September of 2008, Sheriff Buck created a program where the citizens of Carteret County could safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to law enforcement officials, who in-turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe and non-hazardous manner. The program aims to prevent prescription medication from falling into the hands of our youth and also preventing medication from being stolen and abused by individuals.
Sheriff Buck enlisted the aid and sponsorship from many community organizations which include Healthy Carolinians, Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention, Carteret County Substance Abuse Task Force, Food Lion Corp. and area Law Enforcement personnel.
Residents may drop off unused prescription drugs at the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office located in Beaufort. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If unable to deliver the items, call to arrange pickup by a deputy at a business or home location. For more information, contact the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400
To date, the program has collected and destroyed over 1.2 million dosage units.
It is your responsbility to know the NC gun laws. Below is a link to the NC firearms laws.
OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
PHONE: (252) 728-8400
AFTER HOURS: call (252) 726-1911
In an EMERGENCY call 911
To learn more about how to protect yourself from identity theft:
You can also visit the Federal Trade Commission web-site to learn more.
Read and print our domestic violence brochures
Domestic Violence brochure – Spanish
Educate yourself about domestic violence: National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call the North Carolina Domestic Violence Hotline 1-888-232-9124 or visit www.nccadv.org
Click here to visit the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program Web site
In the fall of 2010, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office implemented the the Project Lifesaver program which is designed to enhance success at locating missing persons with Dementia, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down Syndrome and other related illnesses.
Initiated in the spring of 2013, the M.E.D.S. program was created to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office offers a Neighborhood Watch Toolkit which is comprised of self-paced learning curricula and community based presentations with supplemental action-oriented Neighborhood Watch tools.
The National Sheriffs’ Association and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office recognize the nationwide seriousness of drug abuse and violence by our nation’s youth, and the urgent need to use and to expand school-based prevention education programs throughout the nation.
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