What different between 'sheriff' and 'police officer'?

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Sheriff is head of a county peace officers, called Deputies. They usually are in control of the county jail, too,and serve papers.

    Police are city.

  • Cee
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    One wears a stetson and a star and the other a cap and a shield.

    ...and both hate the other's taste in music.

    • Anon4 weeks agoReport

      Bs. Only Arizona Rangers, here, wear Campaign Hats.

  • 1 month ago

    Sheriffs work for the county. Police officers usually work for the city or town, sometimes for the state, the federal government, a railroad, etc.

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  • At Law
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    They have different roles in different locations. It all depends on the law where you are talking about.

  • 1 month ago

    Sherrif has more authority i think, and is usually older.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The most noticeable difference is jurisdiction. The sheriff's department has jurisdiction over the entire county, a police officer only has jurisdiction in the municipality that hires him (although there are some "county police" in some states such as Maryland).

    The sheriff is elected, where the police chief is appointed. For that reason, he is the primary law enforcement officer for the county.

    The sheriff also has additional duties such as running the county jail and serving civil process paperwork such as subpoenas and restraining orders.

  • Sky
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is really no difference. A sheriff is a police officer for a whole county while someone with just the title of police officer is an officer for a city/town/municipality. A state trooper is a police officer for a whole state. And a security guard is a rent-a-cop with no police authority no matter how much he may pretend he does.

  • 1 month ago

    None as far as we're concerned.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sheriff is the boss

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