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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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    South County Constable Office
    Po Box 30, Sturbridge, MA 01566
    If you are a landlord and need a Notice to Quit, Summary Process for Eviction, or Execution on Summary process served, we are your guys! Need a dead beat dad served? We do that too and small claims!
    (774) 318-9007
    Essex County Corrections
    20 Manning Rd, Middleton, MA 01949
    (978) 750-1900
    Essex County Correctional Officers Assoc
    14 N Main St, Middleton, MA 01949
    (978) 774-6372
    Middlesex County
    321 Central St, Lowell, MA 01852
    (978) 452-3221
    Essex County Sheriff's Department
    36 Federal St, Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 745-0350
    Essex County Sheriff's Department
    354 Merrimack St Ste 332, Lawrence, MA 01843
    (978) 975-3961
    Essex County Civil Process Office
    165 Marston St, Lawrence, MA 01841
    (978) 687-7136
    ITI Norfolk County Sheriffs
    200 West St Unit 1, Dedham, MA 02026
    (781) 329-3705
    Middlesex County
    160 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
    (508) 872-7831
    Are You Ok Program
    111 Brook Rd, Quincy, MA 02169
    (617) 376-8920
    Middlesex County
    188 Concord St Ste 402, Framingham, MA 01702
    (508) 872-3110
    Plymouth County Sheriff's Dept
    22 Cottage St, Brockton, MA 02301
    (508) 580-2110
    Worcester County Hoc
    5 Paul X Tivnan Dr, West Boylston, MA 01583
    (508) 854-1800
    Worcester County
    19 Fairmount Pl, Fitchburg, MA 01420
    (978) 342-1600
    County of Worcester Community Corrections Center
    340 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 752-1212

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