The county sheriff is responsible for law enforcement on the county level. His deputies carry out most of the law enforcement duties while the sheriff, usually an elected official, manages their activities. This article tackles some of the duties of the sheriff and his deputies.
The sheriff is often an elected position. He acts in role similar to a police chief in a municipal department. Deputies serve under the sheriff in a role similar to that of uniformed police officers. The sheriff usually has jurisdiction over any unincorporated areas of his or her county.