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Old 04-07-2012, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by North Beach Person View Post
What exactly are you asking?

Sheriff departments are going to vary, even within states. In my County the Sheriff is the primary law enforcement agency doing road patrol and investigation while also providing security at the Courthouse. The jail comes under a separate from the Sheriff Public Safety department. In the County where I work the Sheriff does Courthouse security, the County jail and process service but not traditional police duties such as road patrol or investigation.
As noted, exactly what a sheriff does-- how much power/responsibility they have-- can vary.

There are places, such as L.A., where the Sheriff covers a wide area, including many urban areas, but the Chief(s) of Police cover the major cities. You may see Sheriffs Department officers as you go through the City of Los Angeles, but mainly in unincorporated areas and a few smaller cities that don't have their own police departments. I think the CHP (Highway Patrol) has responsibility for traffic enforcement on state highways, such as the major freeways (remember CHIPs TV show?). The L.A. County Sheriff has been involved in a lot of controversies (scandals, some would say) lately. You may run across a case with multiple enforcement entities, from different jurisdictions, working together (as you will see on "Cops").
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Old 04-07-2012, 07:59 PM
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Sheriff Dept in the Poconos help very little! I was disgusted with the manor in which business was handled via the Sheriffs.
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