Communicable disease is defined as "illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic products that arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment." Communicable disease pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and prions.
Communicable diseases can have a significant impact on the population. The surveillance and control of such diseases is an important part of protecting the public's health. The Communicable Disease program primarily deals with infectious diseases that are reportable by law.
The program also deals with other communicable diseases of public health significance, such as:
For additional information please visit the NC Communicable Disease website.
The program responsibilities include:
Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease in humans, dogs, cats and ferrets as well as some domestic livestock. All mammals are susceptible to rabies and it is nearly always fatal. Rabies can be prevented in humans with timely and appropriate treatment. In North Carolina the disease most often occurs in wild animals especially skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes. Raccoon rabies is present in the raccoon population in virtually every North Carolina county. For additional information on Rabies please visit:
STD and HIV prevention and control services includes providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology. STD Clinic provides testing, treatment and education at no cost to the client for:
Our Immunization Clinic provides vaccines to people of all ages, including those traveling internationally. Public Health offers vaccines for preventable diseases to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Union County. The following vaccines are offered through our immunization clinic:
In addition to vaccines, Blood Titer testing is available for the following:
With the mission of public health to promote health, prevent disease and protect the community, International Travel Immunizations allow us to assist those traveling internationally the opportunity for disease protection. A Registered Nurse will review travel itinerary, provide immunization education and vaccination(s). A Vaccination record will be provided to you for your records.
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The Detective bureau investigates criminal offenses. All felony offenses, missing persons and select misdemeanor, unless solved immediately, are handled by this team. Detectives work on cases that are primarily located in their assigned geographic area and often have areas of expertise such as juveniles, sex crimes or electronic crimes.
The Sheriff’s Office operates a Narcotics and Gang Investigation Unit, however, due to the nature of their assignments, information concerning this bureau is kept confidential
The Crime Scene Investigation Unit is responsible for documenting all major homicide, suspicious death, robbery, arson and sexual assault crime scenes. They have a basic forensic lab on-hand and access to a state level lab for advanced processing.
The Community Resources Bureau provides support to the community and various bureaus within the Sheriff’s Office. Our mission is to increase public awareness, security and prevention measures to continue making our communities a safe place to live and work. The bureau is supervised by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants, and consists of 17 School Resource Officers assigned to the Union County middle and high schools, as well as the Alternative School in Waxhaw. In addition, the bureau has a K9 handler assigned to work drug detection primarily in the county schools. The bureau is also responsible for a large variety of crime prevention programs and services throughout the county. In 2007, this unit formed a Bike Patrol program using equipment donations from UC Crime Stoppers and UC Crime Prevention Committees, Inc.
If you would like to receive a program that’s not listed, such as Gang Awareness contact the Community Resources Bureau at 704-283-3765 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Union County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 242 is a program geared for helping young adults learn about the law enforcement field and community service. Young adults from the ages of 14 to 20 years old can join the post. Explorers also participate in a physical fitness program that prepares them for what they might expect in a law enforcement training academy. The UCSO Explorers assist with senior citizen events and the fingerprinting of children for ID kits. UCSO Explorers wear a professional uniform and are also issued physical fitness training gear. The Sheriff’s Explorers will also be eligible to attend the North Carolina Justice Academy’s ‘Explorer Academy’ which is held every summer in Salemburg, NC. Please contact the UCSO Community Resources Bureau for more information at704-283-3765.
Seniors And Law Enforcement Together
S.A.L.T. is a volunteer group of senior adults that work with Union County law enforcement agencies regarding issues and events relating to senior citizens of Union County.
S.A.L.T. volunteers assist jail personnel with the visitation desk and in other areas of the Sheriff’s Office as needed by the Sheriff or staff. They are actively involved with the Crime Stoppers Bar-B-Q, Senior Citizens Day, National Night Out, and other Sheriff’s Office sponsored events as well as other activities held in Union County.
S.A.L.T. meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office and is always looking for new members who, like them, have a desire to work along side of law enforcement to make a difference in the lives of our senior adults in Union County.
Monroe, NC 28112
Captain J.C. Luke
Jail Transport: 704-292-2500,
Jail Transport Fax: 704-292-2599
Community Resources: 704-283-3765
Animal Services: 704-283-2308
Pet Adoption: 704-283-8303
The Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) provides a full range of law enforcement services for our citizens in a continually growing county. These services include patrol, jail, civil process, criminal investigation and animal services.
The Sheriff’s Office works to serve the public to the best of their ability by providing quality service to citizens through contemporary law enforcement tactics, philosophies and proficient development of personnel.