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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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    Harrison County Sheriffs County Farm
    14572 County Farm Rd, Gulfport, MS 39503
    (228) 831-5749
    Harrison County of
    10451 Larkin Smith Dr, Gulfport, MS 39503
    (228) 896-3282
    Harrison County of
    1801 23rd Ave, Gulfport, MS 39501
    (228) 865-4027
    Harrison County
    2315 17th St Rm 3, Gulfport, MS 39501
    (228) 865-4290
    Hancock County Sheriffs Office
    122 Court St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
    (228) 467-5101
    Hancock County of
    122 Court St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520
    (228) 467-4425
    Sheriffs Department Harrison County
    730 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
    (228) 435-4220
    Saint Tammany Parish Sheriffs Office
    61134 N Military Rd, Slidell, LA 70461
    (985) 649-3115
    Jackson County West
    6900 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
    (228) 875-0475
    Pearl River County
    200 S Main St Ste 1, Poplarville, MS 39470
    (601) 796-5498
    Pearl River County
    200 S Main St Ste 2, Poplarville, MS 39470
    (601) 403-2300
    Board of Supervisors Pearl River County
    171 Savannah Millard Rd, Poplarville, MS 39470
    (601) 795-9191
    Pearl River Sheriffs Ofc
    200 S Main St Ste 2, Poplarville, MS 39470
    (601) 772-9144
    Pearl River County
    200 S Main St, Poplarville, MS 39470
    (601) 795-4507
    Stone County of
    323 Cavers Ave E Ste B, Wiggins, MS 39577
    (601) 928-9943

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