Contact Information

  • Sheriff Coy Reid
  • (828) 464-5241
  • Main Location:P.O. Box 385100 Government Drive., Building E Newton, NC 28658
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Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy Video

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is an 11-week course meeting at the Sheriff’s Office on Monday nights in the spring and Tuesday nights in the fall from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 pm. Topics and tours include Sheriff’s Office operations, a K-9 demonstration, narcotics investigation, crime scene investigation, STAR Team demonstration, District Attorney’s Office, Magistrate’s Office, Clerk of Court’s Office, Register of Deeds Office, tour of the 911 Communications Center, tour of the Detention Center, Crime Prevention, EMS, Emergency Management, Animal Control, and Fire-Rescue. You must be at least 21 years old with no criminal charges on your record to participate in the Academy.

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Printable Application
If you complete a printable application, please mail it to Lt. J.P. Helton, PO Box 385, Newton, NC 28658.

Contact Lt. John Helton by email at or (828) 465-8336.