A Message from the Sheriff:

I would like to thank you for visiting our website. Our goal is to provide you with information that is helpful to you.

As you may note, our motto for the office is “Working together for a Safer Community”.  I believe this is best accomplished by not only working with other agencies, but with everyone, including the public.

The Office of the Sheriff is here for you and takes pride in the work we do.  I wish to thank all the women and men who work at the Office.  They are a hard working group, who have Pride, Integrity and Professionalism.  They are here for you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sheriff David Croft
Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office


 

History

The history of the Office of the Sheriff is a chronicle of Western Civilization, a biography of democracy and a work-picture of man’s quest for equity and self-determination in matters pertaining to his Government.

Whenever we scan the documents of British and American history, we find the Office of the Sheriff entrusted with the maintenance of law and order and the preservation of domestic tranquility.  Some historian dates the Office of the Sheriff to ancient Roman times.  Other expresses the belief that the Office had its beginnings prior to the writing of the Magna Carta in 1215 in England.  Of the 63 Articles in the Magna Carta, 27 Articles refer directly or indirectly to the Office of the Sheriff.  Historians agree that the Office of the Sheriff is one of the most familiar and useful to be found in the history of English Institutions.  The functions and the powers of the Office have undergone changes, but for over seven centuries it has maintained a continuous existence and preserved features.