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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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    Tnii Humphrey Co Sheriff Dept
    112 Thompson St, Waverly, TN 37185
    (931) 296-5835
    Dickson County Sheriff's Department
    202 S Main St, Dickson, TN 37055
    (615) 446-8041
    Houston County Sheriff
    3330 Highway 149, Erin, TN 37061
    (931) 289-4614
    Tn-Ii Houston Co Sheriffs Ofc
    3330 Highway 149, Erin, TN 37061
    (931) 289-4616
    Perry County
    582 Bethel Rd, Linden, TN 37096
    (931) 589-8803
    Lewis County
    437 Swan Ave, Hohenwald, TN 38462
    (931) 796-5096
    Decatur Co Sheriff Dept
    138 E Main St, Decaturville, TN 38329
    (731) 852-3714
    Carroll County
    200 Norandal Dr, Huntingdon, TN 38344
    (731) 986-1905
    Carroll County Health Department
    126 W Paris St, Huntingdon, TN 38344
    (731) 986-8947
    Crime Fighters Sheriff Office
    201 Hassell St, Waynesboro, TN 38485
    (931) 722-2300
    Wayne County Sheriff
    1016 Andrew Jackson Dr Ste 101, Waynesboro, TN 38485
    (931) 722-3615
    Stewart County Sheriffs Office
    117 Donelson Pkwy, Dover, TN 37058
    (931) 232-5322
    Henderson County of
    17 Monroe Ave Ste 10, Lexington, TN 38351
    (731) 968-0122
    Henderson County of
    35 E Wilson St Ste B, Lexington, TN 38351
    (731) 968-5266
    Henderson County Sheriffs Department
    50 Natchez Trace Dr, Lexington, TN 38351
    (731) 968-9855

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