2016 Sheriff's Annual Report

by Eddie Gunter | Feb 08, 2016
                               2016 Sheriff's Office Annual Report


Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office 2015 Report

It is with great honor that I present to you the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office 2015 Report.  My office has worked diligently to provide the highest quality and most professional law enforcement services to the citizens of our county.  As you will see, we have had a busy, yet productive year. You will see from our statistics and the information provided to you that demand for our services is ever increasing.  It is the goal of the Sheriff’s Office to meet this demand with integrity, professionalism, fairness, and respect.  I look forward to working with each of you and the citizens of Transylvania County during 2016.  Thank you for the honor of serving as your sheriff.


David A. Mahoney


We saw an extremely busy year in our detention center.  Our staff processed 2,298 inmates into the jail during the year.  Our average daily population was 81.  The average stay for an inmate was 14.7 days.  We have worked diligently to be able to house a number of inmates from Polk, Cherokee, McDowell, Henderson, Jackson and Buncombe counties for most of the calendar year.  This agreement has generated approximately $439,024 in revenue for our county.  The State Misdemeanant Confinement Program (SMCP) is running strong.  In 2015, we generated $88,531 in revenue from housing those inmates. With the addition of SCAAP, Commissary, Inmate Phone and Inmate medical co-pays, the total revenue generated by the detention center was $593,462.  Additionally, our detention staff supervised the Inmate Work Crew.  This crew of sentenced inmates completed projects for various county departments as well as performing maintenance and cleaning duties within the detention facility.  The inmate work crew worked a total of 41,132 man hours in 2015.  Based on $8 per hour, this saved the county $329,056 in tax payer dollars. 


The demand on our Patrol Division can be overwhelming.  14,433 calls for service were answered in 2015.  This was a noticeable increase from 12,789 calls for service in 2014. The calls for service in 2015 consumed 19,414 man hours.  Our average response time from dispatch to arrival was 9 minutes 35 seconds which is down from last year due in part to the addition of patrol deputies on each shift. In addition to answering those calls, the patrol division is responsible for serving warrants and criminal summons.  Each patrol deputy is responsible for 76 square miles, 6,618 citizens and 3,833 households. 

Criminal Investigations:

Our investigators stayed busy as well. Each investigator carries an average caseload of over 100 cases.  The latest crime reports indicate that our investigators’ clearance rates are well above state averages.  According to a report released by the NC State Bureau of Investigation, our office successfully cleared 97% of violent crimes and 41% of property crimes reported to us compared to state rates of 57% and 31% respectively.   One investigator is also responsible for all evidence/property management.  One is also responsible for domestic violence and sexual assault investigations and participates on the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.  Two investigators are assigned to the Transylvania Narcotics Task Force (TNT).  This task force is charged with investigating drug related crimes in Transylvania County.  In 2015, TNT investigated 252 cases which resulted in 282 arrests.  A number of those cases are still being investigated. Those cases resulted in the seizure of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and prescription medication. Operation Medicine drop resulted in over 295 pounds of unused or expired prescription medications being turned in to the Sheriff’s Office for destruction.  One member of TNT has been selected to join the Department of Homeland Security Investigative Task Force.  This opportunity will bring additional resources to our county to assist in our fight against illegal narcotics and prescription abuse. 


Our Civil Division has seen an incredible amount of growth in their workload.  Even with three full-time officers assigned to the civil division, the amount of work to complete at times seems impossible.  With statutory deadlines and guidelines, the Civil Division is one of the highest liability areas within the Sheriff’s Office. The Civil Division, with the help of one volunteer working near full time hours, served 2,974 civil papers in 2015 which is an increase from 2014.

School Resource Officer:

Our School Resource Officers continue to be a valuable asset to our county.  As part of the overall objective to making our schools a safe environment to learn, SROs taught 405 classes, made over 200 home visits, made 2,617 student contacts, made 1,260 parent contacts, made 142 other agency referrals, made 11 arrests and attended 189 school activities or programs.  In addition to these staggering numbers, our School Resource Officers completed 28 community relations programs and 52 drug prevention programs.  Our SROs are also responsible for staffing both SHIELD and DARE camp.  These unique camps are great opportunities for further building the relationships between our SROs, students, parents and faculty.

Court Security:

As you are aware, the Transylvania County Courthouse is an incredibly busy place.  In 2015 the Sheriff’s Office provided security for 286 court sessions.  871 inmates were transported to the courthouse.  A staggering 46,221 people passed through the metal detector.

Crime Prevention:

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office is involved in many different crime prevention efforts.  These efforts include: D.A.R.E. at both the elementary and middle school levels, Eddie Eagle Gun Safety, Stranger Danger and Bus Safety classes, Distracted Driving program at both high schools, after prom lock-in at Rosman High School, SHIELD Camp, DARE Camp, Reassurance Program, Community Advisory Board, Neighborhood Watch, and Vacation House Check.  We offered a successful Citizen’s Academy in 2015.  This 6 week training program offered a “behind the scenes” look at Sheriff’s Office operations and allowed participants to interact and role play in scenarios depicting several aspects of law enforcement work.  All of these programs are designed to encourage our citizens,

young and old, to be aware of the things they can do to help minimize the chance of crime occurring in their lives.

Project Lifesaver:

We are proud to have introduced Project Lifesaver to Transylvania County. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. We currently have 8 individuals that participate in the program and have recorded our first activation and locate of an individual that wandered away.  The locate occurred in under 20 minutes thanks to the training and equipment of Project Lifesaver.


We continue to be blessed with an incredible group of volunteers.  These partners provide much needed support to the Sheriff’s Office by providing such services as patrol, court security, data entry, special events, traffic control, jail ministry and many more.  The more than 30 volunteers contributed over 8,904 hours to the citizens of Transylvania County in 2015.  Those hours are valued at $169,977. 

Special Programs:

We were honored to partner with the Brevard Police Department again this year to provide a unique shopping experience to less fortunate children at Christmas.  Cops4Kids was a huge success thanks to the hard work of staff and the generosity of many.  We were able to allow over 200 children to spend $100 each on themselves and/or their families.  Another exciting program was the Glimmer Of Hope.  This program allows the children of our inmates to spend a special evening with their incarcerated mom or dad.  Each child was given a present on behalf of their parent. Both of these programs are completely supported by the generous donations of many individuals, churches and community partners.


                                                                                                                                                                           2012          2013        2014        2015  

Breaking/Entering and Burglary:   155             137          122           106

Larceny:                                    194              243         192            227    

Arson:                                        5                 4              7                6

Motor Vehicle Theft:                    23              18             12              21

Murder/Manslaughter:                  0                 0              1                2

Rape:                                         6                 4              3                4

Robbery:                                    1                  1              1                3

Aggravated Assault:                   22                 27            31               22

Calls For Service:                 14,349             2,647          12,789         14,433

Arrests:                                1,853             1,523            1,453              745

Incident Reports Taken:         1,370             1,235            1,246            1,287

Civil Papers Served:               3,387             3,108            2,800             2,974

Clearance Rate (Violent Crime): 93%(59%)* 89%(58%)* 97%(57%)          *

Clearance Rate (Property Crime): 32%(27%)* 27%(31%)* 41%(31%)        *

*The numbers in parenthesis reflect the statewide clearance rate.  2015 rates are not yet available.