The Mission of the Moore County Sheriff's Office is to provide the highest level of Law Enforcement service to the citizens of Moore County. We will accomplish our mission through outstanding leadership, sound community partnerships, and effective resource management.

Ronnie Fields

Sheriff Ronnie Fields was born and raised in Carthage, North Carolina. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and has a deep knowledge of state and local government. He has dedicated his adult life to public service. Sheriff Fields started out as a volunteer with the Carthage Rescue Squad from 1976 to 1987. He proudly served as a Deputy with the Moore County Sheriff's Office from 1983 to 1987. He then left to further his law enforcement career with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Sheriff Fields wore the uniform from 1987 until 2009 when he returned to his roots at the Moore County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Fields provided safety and security to the citizens of Moore County until his retirement in 2013. Sheriff Fields retired as the 3rd highest rank within the Sheriff’s office, Major.

Sheriff Fields was elected to the Carthage Town Board in 1999 where he proudly served his hometown for ten years as Town Commissioner and Mayor. Sheriff Fields is a past President of the Moore County Law Enforcement Officers Association and is currently an active member of the organization. Sheriff Fields and wife Renee enjoy time with their four grandchildren and time with friends and family. Sheriff Fields is an active member of the Moore County Republican Men’s Club and was a past Precinct Chair of the Carthage Republican Party.

Sheriff Ronnie Fields emphasizes teamwork and integrity within the office and demands our staff to serve at the highest level in portraying moral and ethical traits. Sheriff Fields is a sheriff that works tirelessly for our citizens in the attempt to decrease criminal activity and eliminate illegal drugs in Moore County. He works with citizens to educate on drug awareness, promote community watch programs, and places heavy emphasis on community policing in an effort to involve and include all of Moore County Citizens.

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  • Complete an eight (8) hour in-person mandated handgun safety course
  • Complete Application, Pay, Schedule Appointment for Fingerprints
  • Pick up permit once notified when ready


  • Complete Application, Pay, Schedule Appointment
  • Sign Paperwork During Appointment (fingerprints if necessary)
  • Pick up permit once notified when ready

    As of Wednesday, March 29, 2023, pistol purchase permits will no longer be issued by any sheriff in North Carolina. The Moore County Sheriff's Office has stopped processing pistol purchase permit applications including pending applications. 


    The law regarding the issuance of pistol purchase permits by sheriffs in North Carolina has been repealed as of 3.29.2023. Any person seeking to purchase or transfer a handgun in NC is no longer required to apply with the Sheriff's Office.


    Any person seeking to purchase a handgun through a firearms dealer will undergo the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) criminal background check required under current law and either be sold the handgun or denied sale if a criminal history search indicates the person is disqualified from possessing a firearm.  For private transfers of handguns, while no National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) criminal background check is required under current law prior to making a private transfer, criminal penalties still apply to any person that knowingly transfers a handgun to a person who may not lawfully possess the firearm.


    • Sign up for Moore County's new Emergency Notification system, CodeRED 


    • We conduct LiveScan fingerprints for Moore County residents and those who work in Moore County only. For more information click here or call 910-947-2931. 


    • SCAM ALERT: Sheriff Ronnie Fields warns citizens of fraudulent threatening phone calls. The following are the (2) most common that are reported.  

    1. Jury Duty 

    Citizens are contacted and told they are speaking with a member of the MCSO. The callers go as far as giving a badge number and citizens are told they have pending charges for missing jury duty and a warrant is out for their arrest. To avoid arrest warrants, they are instructed to get pre-paid debit cards and give personal information.  

    2. Social Security Administration Robocalls 

    Scammers use phone calls, emails, text messages, and letters to impersonate Social Security personnel and trick people into giving up personal information. Common tactics include asking for your Social Security number and threatening to cut off Social Security benefits if personal information isn't provided.  

    Both scams are designed to trick you. Here are a few ways to keep your information safe. 

    • Law enforcement agencies will NEVER demand money from a citizen to avoid arrest.  
    • Know your social security number is NOT going to be suspended.  
    • The Social Security Administration will never call and ask you for your number.  
    • Whatever you do, do NOT confirm/give the last four digits of your social security number to anyone who calls.  
    • Remember, if someone asks you to wire money, pay with a gift card, or send cash, that person is a scammer, which is a sign to hang up before you become a victim of identity theft.  
    • If you are ever in doubt, hang up and call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-2931 with any questions or concerns.  

    Hours of Operation

    Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

    Patrol Division: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

    Contact Us 

    • 911
    • 1 (910) 947-2931
    • 1 (910) 947-1668
    • P.O. Box 40, Carthage, NC 28327


    Anyone with information regarding criminal activity can anonymously contact the Moore County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at  (910) 947-4444.

    Detention Center: (910) 947-2980

    Physical Address 

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