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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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    Dallas County Sheriff
    133 N Riverfront Blvd Ste 31, Dallas, TX 75207
    (334) 874-2578
    Lima Sheriff's Office
    10544 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243
    (406) 276-3311
    Denton County Sheriffs Office
    127 N Woodrow Ln, Denton, TX 76205
    (940) 349-1601
    Johnson County of
    1800 Ridgemar Dr, Cleburne, TX 76031
    (817) 645-8028
    Johnson County Sheriff's Posse
    2046 S Highway 171, Cleburne, TX 76031
    (817) 556-9910
    4300 Community Blvd, Mckinney, TX 75071
    (972) 547-5100
    Parker-County of
    129 Hogle St, Weatherford, TX 76086
    (817) 598-6160
    Wise County
    200 Rook Ramsey Dr, Decatur, TX 76234
    (940) 627-5971
    Sheriffs Office
    303 N Waco St, Hillsboro, TX 76645
    (254) 582-5313
    Somervell Co Sheriff's Dept
    750 Gibbs Blvd, Glen Rose, TX 76043
    (254) 897-9413
    City of Glen Rose
    750 Gibbs Blvd, Glen Rose, TX 76043
    (254) 897-2242
    Sheriffs Office
    200 S Crockett St Ste 105a, Sherman, TX 75090
    (903) 893-4388
    320 County Road 451, Gainesville, TX 76240
    (940) 665-3471
    Van Zandt County
    1220 W Dallas St, Canton, TX 75103
    (903) 567-4133
    Fannin County
    725 County Road 4200, Bonham, TX 75418
    (903) 583-2143

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