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  • A county's top law enforcement officer. There are about 3,000 county sheriffs' offices in the United States. The responsibilities of a sheriff's department vary according to the size and population density of the county. Duties generally include patrol, response to residents' calls, and criminal investigation. Sheriffs' offices may also serve summons, provide court security, and operate the county jail.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n2323

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