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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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    Louisa County Conservation Board
    12635 County Road G56 Ste 101, Wapello, IA 52653
    (319) 523-8381
    County Government Sheriff Ofc
    503 Franklin St, Wapello, IA 52653
    (319) 523-4371
    Muscatine County
    400 Walnut St, Muscatine, IA 52761
    (563) 263-4521
    Washington County Offices Sheriff
    2181 Lexington Blvd, Washington, IA 52353
    (319) 653-2107
    Washington County Offices Sheriff
    2185 Lexington Blvd, Washington, IA 52353
    (319) 653-5902
    Emergency Management
    2181 Lexington Blvd, Washington, IA 52353
    (641) 660-1825
    Henry County Sheriffs Office
    106 E Clay St, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
    (319) 385-4652
    Henry County of
    106 N Jackson St, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
    (319) 385-0792
    Johnson County Sheriffs Office
    511 S Capitol St, Iowa City, IA 52240
    (319) 356-6025
    Des Moines County Sheriffs Office
    512 N Main St Ste 2, Burlington, IA 52601
    (319) 753-8212
    Des Moines County Sheriffs Office
    3630 Bauer Dr, Burlington, IA 52601
    (319) 753-8275
    City of Swisher
    66 2nd St Sw, Swisher, IA 52338
    (319) 857-4539
    County Government Sheriffs Department
    1317 3rd Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
    (309) 558-3425
    Sheriffs Office
    1504 3rd Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
    (309) 749-9111
    Keokuk County
    204 S Stone St, Sigourney, IA 52591
    (641) 622-2727

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