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Do all sheriffs' office employees have general arrest authority?

No, some sheriffs' office personnel are not sworn officers. While sheriffs' offices employed about 189,000 full-time sworn officers in 2013, some personnel had limited or no arrest authority. Sheriffs' deputies who work in jails, courtrooms, and the civil process department often do not attend police academies and do not have general arrest authority. These personnel may be deputies that attend specialized training for their duties or be civilian employees. In 2013, the nation's sheriffs' offices employed about 163,000 full-time civilian employees.

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