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What are the responsibilities of county sheriffs?
The office of Sheriff is the only law enforcement office directly accountable to the people, the ultimate authority in a democracy. This is an elected position, which makes the position unique among other law enforcement. The sheriff's responsibilities include:
- Patrol Services - Oklahoma is a rural state consisting of hundreds of square miles and rural roads that are patrolled by the Sheriffs office. The Sheriff will be called upon to assist many smaller communities and cities with law enforcement. they are often called upon to provide security and crowd control at special events in the county.
- Courts - The Sheriff is responsible for coordinating and administering courthouse security.
- Jail - The Sheriff shall have charge and custody of the jail in his county and all of the prisoners. He must provide the meals, medical and general welfare of those prisoners.
- Training - The Sheriff is responsible for providing or acquiring all state mandated continuing education hours required for himself deputies and detention officers.
- Transports - The Sheriff is responsible for transporting inmates to court, medical facilities, Department of Corrections, mental health facilities, juvenile facilities. The Sheriff is also responsible for extradition of inmates from across the country.
- Civil Process - The Sheriff is responsible for serving warrants, subpoenas, civil lawsuits. the Sheriff is also responsible for evictions, seizure of property and the disposition of property through Sheriffs sales.
- County Buildings - The Sheriff is responsible for annually inspecting all county buildings and making a report to the board of county commissioners.
- Livestock - The Sheriff is responsible for collecting, boarding, and the disposition of any abandoned livestock.
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