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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.
    National Sheriffs' Association
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Since 1940, the National Sheriffs' Association has been dedicated to serving the community and establishing public safety through law enforcement. Providing security on a national, state and local level.
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    Baltimore County Sheriffs Office
    900 Walker Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228
    (410) 887-2031
    Howard County Sheriffs Office
    8360 Court Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    (410) 313-2150
    Anne Arundel County Sheriffs Office
    7 Church Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401
    (410) 222-1430
    Baltimore County Bar Association Inc
    401 Bosley Ave Rm 405, Towson, MD 21204
    (410) 337-9100
    Harford County Sheriffs Office
    100 Kearney Dr, Joppa, MD 21085
    (410) 836-5448
    Harford County Sheriffs Office
    221 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
    (410) 692-7872
    Harford County Sheriffs Office
    45 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
    (410) 838-6600
    Prince Georges County Government
    14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (301) 952-5904
    Prince Georges County Government Frequently Reques
    5303 Chrysler Way Ste 200, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
    (301) 952-3250
    Harford County Sheriffs Office
    34 N Philadelphia Blvd, Aberdeen, MD 21001
    (410) 836-9999
    Queen Annes County Dairy Livestock
    505 Railroad Ave, Centreville, MD 21617
    (410) 758-0770
    Montgomery County Government
    50 Courthouse Sq, Rockville, MD 20850
    (240) 777-1512
    Government Offices County Carroll County
    100 N Court St Ste 2, Westminster, MD 21157
    (410) 386-2900
    Carroll County
    100 N Court St Ste 2, Westminster, MD 21157
    (410) 386-2628
    Alexandria City Government Sheriff's Office
    2003 Mill Rd, Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 746-4120

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