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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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    Montgomery County
    106 W Coolbaugh St, Red Oak, IA 51566
    (712) 623-5107
    Sheriffs Office
    701 Cass St, Sidney, IA 51652
    (712) 374-2673
    Sheriff of Fremont County
    701 Cass St, Sidney, IA 51652
    (800) 432-9240
    Sheriffs Office
    116 E Mission Ave, Bellevue, NE 68005
    (800) 523-3666
    Sheriffs Office
    145 N 4th St, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
    (402) 296-9377
    Sheriffs Office
    336 Main St, Plattsmouth, NE 68048
    (402) 296-9370
    County Sheriff
    1104 9th St, Harlan, IA 51537
    (712) 755-5026
    City of Bedford After Hours Call
    403 Jefferson St, Bedford, IA 50833
    (712) 523-2153
    Sheriffs Office
    403 Jefferson St, Bedford, IA 50833
    (800) 432-4386
    Atchison County
    511 W Clay St, Rock Port, MO 64482
    (660) 744-6271
    City of Fort Calhoun
    110 S 14th St, Fort Calhoun, NE 68023
    (402) 468-5303
    Douglas County Sheriff
    3603 N 156th St, Omaha, NE 68116
    (402) 452-2680
    Harrison County
    111 S 1st Ave, Logan, IA 51546
    (712) 644-2353
    Adair County
    306 E Iowa St, Greenfield, IA 50849
    (641) 743-2148
    Audubon County of
    318 Leroy St, Audubon, IA 50025
    (712) 563-4275

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