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Sheriff

As the highest member of a county law enforcement agency, sheriffs approve programs, drive initiatives and support the community as a whole.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the primary purpose of a sheriff?

A sheriff is an elected official who is the chief executive of a county law enforcement agency, which deals with criminal enterprises, gang activity, jail issues and substance abuse-related issues.

How does a sheriff interact with kids on substance abuse issues?

Sheriffs implement and monitor school resource officer programs and activities in schools to help keep kids safe and away from substance abuse issues.  They also facilitate getting both kids and adults into drug courts.

How does a sheriff interact with parents on substance abuse issues?

Sheriffs work together with other members of their law enforcement agencies to provide help and resources to parents looking for answers to substance abuse-related questions.

How can parents reach a local police chief?

Since sheriffs are elected officials, it is their job to be incredibly responsive to the communities in which they serve.  Often, sheriffs can be reached simply by calling their local law enforcement’s non-emergency number, or emailing them directly or even walking into a local law enforcement agency and asking to speak with the sheriff.