As a sheriff or deputy, jurisdiction spans farther than police officers. While others are limited to a city or town, sheriffs have authority over whole counties or states. They work closely with other types of law enforcement such as local police, highway patrol, or forest rangers in order to do their job. In many instances, a sheriff’s department also acts as the coroner’s office, directly receiving deceased bodies that are being investigated.
In order to become a sheriff / deputy, the training program is very similar to that of local law enforcement. With a high school diploma or equivalent, one must take a state-issued written examination, physical examination, and extensive background check. Upon passing these tests they are admitted into an academic program specialized toward sheriff training. There, they will learn the use of firearms, vehicle operation, and proper procedures and protocol.
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