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Law Enforcement Terms for the Law Abiding Citizen

For most citizens, almost everything they know about their local law enforcement officers comes from television. But even if you follow the letter of the law, knowing who's out there protecting the streets and what their specific responsibilities are is a good thing. What follows are a few terms that can help the average person sort out the shades of blue in the law enforcement community.

  • Jail - Differs from prison in one significant manner, not every inmate has necessarily been convicted of a crime. Some inmates who have been arrested and charged with a crime, but are unable to come up with bail, may await their trial in jail. Once a person is convicted of a serious crime, they are usually sent to a state or federal prison.
  • County Sheriff - Generally the top law enforcement official at the county level. Sheriffs are generally elected officials and may or may not have any previous criminal justice experience. In many sparsely populated areas the Sheriff's department serves as the local police force.
  • Criminal History Check - Because all adult arrests are a matter of public record, any citizen can access them. Most police and sheriff’s departments will, for a fee, print out a list of arrests and convictions for any individual.
  • Felony - Any crime that carries a minimum one year sentence is usually considered a felony. The consequences of a felony conviction are more severe than a misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor - Crimes that carry a minimum sentence of less than a year. That sentence is usually carried out in the county jail rather than a state or Federal prison.
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    315 S 2nd St, Elkhart, IN 46516
    (574) 523-2221
    Dekalb County Sheriffs Office
    215 E 8th St, Auburn, IN 46706
    (260) 925-3365
    Warrick County Sheriff
    100 W State Route 62, Boonville, IN 47601
    (812) 897-6096
    Laporte County County Sheriff Offices
    809 State St Ste 201a, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 326-7700
    Fountain County
    216 Union St, Covington, IN 47932
    (765) 793-3545
    Sheriffs Office
    301 E Walnut St, Washington, IN 47501
    (812) 254-1060
    Bartholomew County Offices Sheriff Department
    543 2nd St, Columbus, IN 47201
    (812) 379-1650
    Tippecanoe County Jail
    2640 Duncan Rd, Lafayette, IN 47904
    (765) 423-1655
    Vanderburgh County Offices County Sheriffs Office
    5607 Highway 41 N, Evansville, IN 47711
    (812) 435-5713
    Hamilton County Sheriffs Office
    18100 Cumberland Rd, Noblesville, IN 46060
    (765) 649-1172
    La Porte County County Sheriff Offices
    300 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-2161
    Vanderburgh County Offices County Sheriffs Office
    5900 Kansas Rd, Evansville, IN 47725
    (812) 421-6202
    Porter County Sheriff Dept
    2755 S State Road 49, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 477-3050
    Wells County Offices
    1615 W Western Ave, Bluffton, IN 46714
    (260) 824-3426
    Decatur County Sheriff
    119 E Railroad St, Greensburg, IN 47240
    (812) 222-5245

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