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What is the difference in a Police Officer, Sheriff and Marshall???

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by smullen, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. smullen

    smullen

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    Title pretty much says it all, but What is the real difference between Police Officer, Sheriff and Marshall???
     
  2. lethal tupperwa

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    the statutes under which their authority is derived.
     

  3. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

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    Police Depts. are created by State Statute while Sheriff's are a state constitution authorized authority who are usually elected. City Marshals are usually the product of city ordinances and are also often elected.
     
  4. ndhill

    ndhill ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Police Officer is often used as a general term for a Law Enforcement Officer, but usually specifically refers to a LEO who has jurisdiction inside a municipality (city),

    a Sheriff or Sheriff's Deputy has jurisdiction within the county,

    and Marshal has many definitions... In Missouri a Marshal is the elected lead LEO in small cities. Generally speaking is the same as Police Chief. However because the Marshal is an elected official and not appointed by the mayor, he is not "under" the mayor's supervision/direction.

    There are Federal Marshall's who are in charge of the transportation and recovery of fugitives.

    Hope this helps and hope I didn't spread any misinformation.
     
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  5. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    It's Marshal.

    One L.

    That is all.
     
  6. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

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    +1

    Characters.
     
  7. Trigger Finger

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    I was part of a large task force in the late 90s and we had a couple of Federal Deputy marshals in our group. There responsibilities was enforcement of Federal Laws, court security, prisoner transport and arrest warrant service.
    There boss, one of about 90 Federal Marshals was appointed by the president.

    And in the U.S. it's usually marshal, with one L, but I have seen it spelled also with two Ls FYI.
     
  8. PuroMexicano

    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    Police officers beat black guys

    Sheriffs beat hill.billys

    Marshals is a cheapo store

    nuff said
     
  9. goldenglory18

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    Funny, yet informative.

    :rofl:
     
  10. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

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    Just to throw a monkey-wrench into your question; don't forget about
    Constables.....
     
  11. badlands99

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    So, what are the Texas Rangers? Obviously a state level position, but how is it different than, say, a State Trooper or Patrolman in other states? Do other states have a similar position, just without the cool name and history?
     
  12. AF-Odin

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    Texas Rangers are, among other things, the investigative arm of the Texas department of Public Safety. I'll let some of the Texas DPS folks elaborate about differences between DPS Troopers and Rangers.
     
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    That is HILARIOUS
     
  14. VHT

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    Plus one? Now we're back to two L's
     
  15. trifecta

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    Arizona had Rangers for a few years starting around 1900 I think. They were recreated as a more unofficial group about 50 years later.

    Texas Rangers are a part of the Texas Department of Public Safety. There are only about 140 of them. They handle high profile cases, many times assisting local agencies. They do a bunch of other stuff like public corruption and some special dignitary protection. Right now some of them are doing border security duty. There are also another 600 DPS officers that handle investigative stuff. That's in addition to the DPS officers working as Highway Patrol units and in the Drivers Licence group.
     
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  17. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

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    According to some CO's beat 'em all.:whistling:
     
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    PuroMexicano VIVA MEXICO !!!

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    yeah, once they get to jail, second beat down is on it's way, IT'S ON CUZ!!!
     
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    In a broad sense Texas Rangers basically are investigators. Texas Rangers

    They handle all forms of investigations but do a lot of high profile stuff and public corruption/misconduct. They also assist agencies without the means to carry out complex investigations.
     
  20. S.O.Interceptor

    S.O.Interceptor Khem-Adam

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    The Texas version:

    Police serve the residents of an incorporated city as their primary function. However they can enforce any state law, state wide, with the exception of Class C Misdemeanor traffic crimes, which they can only enforce in the county or counties in which their city is located

    The Sheriff's Office serves the residents and responds to the calls outside the areas of the incorporated cities as their primary function. However they can enforce all laws anywhere inside their county, including in all of the cities, and they also have the same ability to enforce all laws, except traffic, state wide.

    Marshals are a branch of a city municipal court whose primary function is usually to act as a bailiff for the court and serve city warrants. They generally don't respond to calls. However they have the same powers and jurisdiction as a police officer.


    And then Constables have the same authority as a sheriff but usually stick to serving county warrants and civil process. But this varies greatly from county to county and some constable's offices patrol and do the same things that sheriffs offices do.