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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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    Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriffs Office
    437 N Market St, Jennings, LA 70546
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    (337) 855-6781
     
    User Review: "Jefferson davis sherifs office is racist. I was stopped near jennings, la for no apparant reason at all. I wasn't speeding..."
    Lafayette Parish Government County Sheriffs Office
    916 Lafayette St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 236-5400
    Saint Martinville Parish Sheriffs Dept
    530 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 394-0087
    Lafayette Parish Government County Sheriffs Office
    100 Poydras St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 231-6356
    Lafayette Parish Government County Sheriffs Office
    111 S Saint Antoine St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 236-5607
    Lafayette Parish Government Sheriff Office
    316 W Main St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 236-5660
    Lafayette Parish Government Sheriff Office
    527 Evangeline Dr, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 236-5657
    Lafayette Parish Government Sheriff Office
    1010 Lafayette St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    (337) 236-5880
    St Landry Parish Sheriff Ofc
    107 Dandurand Rd, Sunset, LA 70584
    (337) 668-4452
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    400 Saint Martin St, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-3071
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    1815 Terrace Rd, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-9082
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    4870 Main Hwy, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-2610
    Saint Landry Parish Sheriffs Office
    117 N Market St, Opelousas, LA 70570
    (337) 594-8565
    Saint Landry Parish Sheriffs Office
    108 S Market St, Opelousas, LA 70570
    (337) 948-6516
    St Landry Sheriffs Dept
    1109 Highway 749, Opelousas, LA 70570
    (337) 678-1435


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