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The Investigations Division is supervised by Captain J.C. Luke. Captain Luke supervises the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Investigations Division and performs administrative and supervisory Law Enforcement work for the Sheriff and Union County. The Investigations Division is divided into smaller specialized units called bureaus.


The Detective bureau investigates criminal offenses. All felony offenses, missing persons and select misdemeanor, unless solved immediately, are handled by this team. Detectives work on cases that are primarily located in their assigned geographic area and often have areas of expertise such as juveniles, sex crimes or electronic crimes.


The Sheriff’s Office operates a Narcotics and Gang Investigation Unit, however, due to the nature of their assignments, information concerning this bureau is kept confidential

Crime Scene

The Crime Scene Investigation Unit is responsible for documenting all major homicide, suspicious death, robbery, arson and sexual assault crime scenes. They have a basic forensic lab on-hand and access to a state level lab for advanced processing.

Community Resources

The Community Resources Bureau provides support to the community and various bureaus within the Sheriff’s Office. Our mission is to increase public awareness, security and prevention measures to continue making our communities a safe place to live and work. The bureau is supervised by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants, and consists of 17 School Resource Officers assigned to the Union County middle and high schools, as well as the Alternative School in Waxhaw. In addition, the bureau has a K9 handler assigned to work drug detection primarily in the county schools. The bureau is also responsible for a large variety of crime prevention programs and services throughout the county. In 2007, this unit formed a Bike Patrol program using equipment donations from UC Crime Stoppers and UC Crime Prevention Committees, Inc.

Community Programs:

  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Latchkey Kids (for kids who care for themselves at home after school)
  • Bicycle Safety & Bike Safety Rodeos
  • Kid Care I.D. Kits ($1.00 per card)
  • Safety Tips for Kids
  • Residential & Business Security Survey
  • The Law & You (for ages 16-17)
  • Sheriff’s Explorer Post
  • K9 Presentations
  • Stranger Danger
  • Project Lifesaver
  • Safety & Fraud Tips for Seniors
  • Career Day

If you would like to receive a program that’s not listed, such as Gang Awareness contact the Community Resources Bureau at 704-283-3765 or by e-mail to:

Explorer Post

The Union County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 242 is a program geared for helping young adults learn about the law enforcement field and community service. Young adults from the ages of 14 to 20 years old can join the post. Explorers also participate in a physical fitness program that prepares them for what they might expect in a law enforcement training academy. The UCSO Explorers assist with senior citizen events and the fingerprinting of children for ID kits. UCSO Explorers wear a professional uniform and are also issued physical fitness training gear. The Sheriff’s Explorers will also be eligible to attend the North Carolina Justice Academy’s ‘Explorer Academy’ which is held every summer in Salemburg, NC. Please contact the UCSO Community Resources Bureau for more information at704-283-3765.


Seniors And Law Enforcement Together

S.A.L.T. is a volunteer group of senior adults that work with Union County law enforcement agencies regarding issues and events relating to senior citizens of Union County.

S.A.L.T. volunteers assist jail personnel with the visitation desk and in other areas of the Sheriff’s Office as needed by the Sheriff or staff. They are actively involved with the Crime Stoppers Bar-B-Q, Senior Citizens Day, National Night Out, and other Sheriff’s Office sponsored events as well as other activities held in Union County.

S.A.L.T. meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office and is always looking for new members who, like them, have a desire to work along side of law enforcement to make a difference in the lives of our senior adults in Union County.

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Contact Information

Sheriff's Office
3344 Presson Road

Monroe, NC 28112

Captain J.C. Luke
Investigations Captain
Phone: 704-283-3529

Specific Sheriff's Office Departments

Jail: 704-283-3641
Jail Transport: 704-292-2500,
Jail Transport Fax: 704-292-2599
Investigations: 704-283-3722
Civil: 704-292-2610
Community Resources: 704-283-3765
Records: 704-283-3585
Animal Services: 704-283-2308
Pet Adoption: 704-283-8303

About the Sheriff’s Office

The Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) provides a full range of law enforcement services for our citizens in a continually growing county. These services include patrol, jail, civil process, criminal investigation and animal services.

The Sheriff’s Office works to serve the public to the best of their ability by providing quality service to citizens through contemporary law enforcement tactics, philosophies and proficient development of personnel.