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Special Units

Enforces all state and local laws on the water and responds to incidents on land from the water as well. This unit has two boats assigned to it that patrol the waters of Lake Norman. Housed in the Catawba County Sheriff’s satellite office located at 8456 Sherrill’s Ford Road, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673, this unit provides boater safety classes and offers the use of its meeting room to local nonprofits. For more information, call (828) 465-8495.

Boating Checklist

Lake Norman Boaters Guide

NC Boating Laws

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office Search Team is committed to using all of the resources at their disposal to locate and rescue lost and missing persons. Our mission is carried out through the use of the expertise and technology at the disposal of our office of dedicated specialists, always with attention paid to the safety of all parties involved. Our team conducts wilderness search and rescue, urban search and rescue, and evidence and article search. The team responds to an average of 20 searches per year.

Formed in 1997, the team is made up of officers from every county agency except Hickory PD. Members have to pass a strenuous physical test to get on the team and again every three months to remain on the team. The team responds to approximately 16 call outs per year.

The Honor Guard is the formal representative of the Sheriff’s Office at all types of functions in Catawba County, including funerals, graduations, color presentations, and other special events. The Honor Guard practices monthly and takes pride in maintaining its strict composure, precise military bearing and meticulous attention to detail.Each deputy must have discipline and stamina and present a professional appearance on a daily basis. Joining the Honor Guard is voluntary but competitive.