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Sheriff Tracy L Carter

Sheriff Tracy Lynn Carter was born in Lee County on June 1, 1966. He graduated from Lee Senior High School in 1984 and then attended CCCC for two years and then transferred to Campbell University where he received a BAS in Human Services and Criminal Justice in 1989. Sheriff Carter also holds an Advanced Certificate in Law Enforcement from the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Commission. He is a 2010 Graduate of the North Carolina Sheriff's Leadership Institute.

Sheriff Tracy Carter began his career in law enforcement with the Broadway Police Department in 1986 working part time before he took a full time position with the Lee County Sheriff's Office in December of 1986, working as a jail officer, deputy sheriff and DARE officer.

In 1993, he left the Sheriff's Office to become the first Chief of Lee County School's Special Police, where he served until 2006.

He was elected Sheriff of Lee County in November 2006.

In 2012 Sheriff Carter received the Distinguished Alumni Award from CCCC.
In 2014 Sheriff Carter was nominated to the Campbell University Alumni Committee

Sheriff Carter was recently appointed by Governor McCrory to serve on the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee under the Governor’s Crime Commission.

He is a member of the San Lee Sunrise Rotary Club, the Lee County Wildlife Club and attends Grace Chapel Church in Sanford



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The History of the Office of Sheriff

The Office of the Sheriff is truly unique in the criminal justice community. In the United States, he is usually an elected official responsible for the law enforcement, corrections, court security, transportation of prisoners and the service of civil and criminal processes in the county. He is a ministerial officer with delegated executive authority to carry out his duties. His responsibilities may vary from state to state but, generally, he is an active participant in all three branches of the criminal justice system:

  • Policing
  • Jail / Corrections
  • Court Duties

Lee County Office of Emergency Management:  Browse the county website to find out more and to see what local officials recommend for during an emergency.

NC Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry:  Use this NC State Bureau of Investigations website to search for sex offenders in and around our community.

NC Department of Corrections Offenders:  Use this NC State maintained website to search for public offenders in and around our community.

NC CCW (Carry Concealed Weapon) Information:  Basic firearms and weapons laws of North Carolina is available in the publication entitled "North Carolina Firearm Laws" which has been published by the North Carolina Department of Justice. For other questions concerning legal issues about North Carolina Concealed Handgun Permits call the Law Enforcement Liaison Section of the NC Attorney General's Office at (919) 716-6500.

Internet Crime Complaint: IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

Protect Yourself From Fraud:  Every year, approximately 300,000 North Carolinians are victims of ID theft and fraud. Learn simple ways to protect yourself here. ID theft happens when a criminal steals personal information and your Social Security number, date of birth, account numbers  and uses it to gain access to your accounts, apply for credit, or to avoid being charged with a crime. But you are not helpless. Use these guides to start protecting yourself now.

Federal Trade Commission FREE Credit Report: This is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. You can get a free report from each of the three national credit reporting companies every 12 months. Some other sites claim to offer "free" credit reports, but may charge you for another product if you accept a "free" report.

Don't Believe Everything You See On The Internet:  In today's society, we must be careful about believing everything we read online or receive via an email.  This site will help you confirm or deny those "urban legends".  Save this as a favorite and go to it when you're in doubt.  Believe it or not, Bill Gates of Microsoft isn't going to send you a check for every person you send an email to!

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To enforce the law, preserve the peace and protect the values of Lee County citizens by providing communities with a safe and secure environment

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To report crimes (not in progress) , please call us at
919-718-4577 or to speak to a Communications Officer,
call 919-775-5531, day or night.

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ext. 5607 / 5608 / 5629

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Narcotics Division





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NC Firearm Laws

Where Can I Carry My Gun?
(as of Oct 2013)