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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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    County Government Sheriff
    9896 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
    (440) 233-5773
    Medina County Sheriffs Office
    555 Independence Dr, Medina, OH 44256
    (330) 725-0028
    Medina County Bar Association
    93 Public Sq Ste G20, Medina, OH 44256
    (330) 725-9794
    Government Offices City
    46268 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, OH 44074
    (440) 775-7782
    Lorain County Sheriff
    46268 Butternut Ridge Rd, Oberlin, OH 44074
    (440) 774-1025
    Summit County Sheriffs Office
    53 University Ave Fl 1, Akron, OH 44308
    (330) 434-2677
    Summit County Sheriffs Office
    53 University Ave Fl 4, Akron, OH 44308
    (330) 643-8642
    Huron County Offices
    2 E Main St, Norwalk, OH 44857
    (419) 668-8610
    Wayne County Employment & Training Connection
    356 W North St, Wooster, OH 44691
    (330) 264-5060
    Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    428 W Liberty St Ste 16, Wooster, OH 44691
    (330) 262-8329
    Fire Departments
    201 W North St, Wooster, OH 44691
    (330) 264-1230
    Huron County Offices
    255 Shady Lane Dr Unit A, Norwalk, OH 44857
    (419) 668-1996
    Huron County Fairgrounds
    940 Fair Rd, Norwalk, OH 44857
    (419) 668-0516
    Huron County Offices
    255 Shady Lane Dr Unit A, Norwalk, OH 44857
    (419) 668-1024
    Ashland County Sheriffs Office
    1205 E Main St, Ashland, OH 44805
    (419) 281-9009

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