The county sheriff is arguably the most visible among all the elected officials because they, along with all of their deputies, are out in the public ensuring public safety for citizens and visitors.
Along with a sheriff’s general qualifications to serve, they are required to satisfy rigorous annual training to maintain their certification. These skills prepare them for handling all sorts of physically and mentally tough situations all peace officers potentially face.
There are four main areas sheriffs are responsible for, which are law enforcement, prison management, various kinds of civil duties, and involvement with certain emergency situations.
Law enforcement has to do with their duty to keep the peace and make lawful arrests. By having a high-profile presence in the community, sheriffs and their deputies can create an environment of order and peace that helps citizens feel confident and safe. And when problems do arise they are given the authority to protect and intervene for the public, preventing and investigating crimes in their county.
Another significant job of the county sheriff is that of managing the county jail. This involves managing a trained staff and attending to all the physical needs of the prison population. But they are also responsible for transporting prisoners and, in some counties, developing rehabilitation programs and services that help inmates resolve issues that led them to where they are.
Beyond that, sheriffs are also tasked with a variety of different civil duties, this can include courtroom support, serving legal documents, and helping citizens recover civil judgments.
Finally, sheriffs in some counties manage several different emergency situations and personnel, such as wildland fires, search and rescue, and special tactical units and operations dealing with drugs, firearms, and even terrorism, to name only a few.
Sheriffs are just one important office at your county. But thanks their training and skill, the lives of citizens and everyone who visits the county are much safer.