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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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    500 3rd Ave Ste 140, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    (619) 691-4810
    San Diego County of
    250 E Main St Fl 5, El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 441-4607
    San Diego County Sheriffs Office
    182 Santar Pl, San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 510-5200
    San Diego County of
    325 S Melrose Dr Ste 2000, Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 940-4551
    Imperial County Sheriffs Office
    2101 S Marina Dr, Thermal, CA 92274
    (760) 394-4114
    Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    11 Journey, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
    (949) 425-1800
    Palm Desert City Sheriffs Office
    73520 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 836-1600
    Sheriffs Department Stations
    82695 Doctor Carreon Blvd, Indio, CA 92201
    (760) 863-8990
    Riverside County Sheriffs Office
    46200 Oasis St Ste B15, Indio, CA 92201
    (760) 863-8255
    Riverside County Sheriffs Office
    73705 Gerald Ford Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211
    (760) 836-1600
    Coalition of Police & Sheriffs
    2431 N Tustin Ave Ste N, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 558-0523
    Riverside County Sheriffs Office
    72248 Northshore St Ste 101, Thousand Palms, CA 92276
    (760) 393-3500
    Riverside County of
    4065 County Circle Dr, Riverside, CA 92503
    (951) 358-5396
    Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Office
    909 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 569-2000
    Orange County of
    700 W Civic Center Dr Ste B120, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 834-4350

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