What do Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs do?

Enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. May patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
  • Drive vehicles or patrol specific areas to detect law violators, issue citations, and make arrests.
  • Take control of accident scenes to maintain traffic flow, to assist accident victims, and to investigate causes.
  • Verify that the proper legal charges have been made against law offenders.
  • Record daily activities and submit logs and other related reports and paperwork to appropriate authorities.
  • Execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody.
  • Notify patrol units to take violators into custody or to provide needed assistance or medical aid.
  • Serve statements of claims, subpoenas, summonses, jury summonses, orders to pay alimony, and other court orders.
  • Question individuals entering secured areas to determine their business, directing and rerouting individuals as necessary.
  • Patrol and guard courthouses, grand jury rooms, or assigned areas to provide security, enforce laws, maintain order, and arrest violators.
  • Transport or escort prisoners and defendants en route to courtrooms, prisons or jails, attorneys' offices, or medical facilities.
  • Locate and confiscate real or personal property, as directed by court order.
  • Supervise law enforcement staff, such as jail staff, officers, and deputy sheriffs.
  • Place people in protective custody.
  • Manage jail operations and tend to jail inmates.

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