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FAQs: Sheriffs' Offices

What is the difference between a sheriffs' office and a police department?
One difference between a sheriffs' office and police department is the jurisdiction that each type o...  Read More

Do all sheriffs' office employees have general arrest authority?
No, some sheriffs' office personnel are not sworn officers. While sheriffs' offices employed about 1...  Read More

How many women are employed by sheriffs' offices?
Females made up 14% of full-time sworn officers employed by sheriffs' offices in 2013. Females have ...  Read More

What is the difference between sworn and nonsworn officers?
Sworn officers have full arrest powers granted by a state or local government. Nonsworn officers do ...  Read More


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