While most people recognize the Sheriff as the Chief Law Enforcement for the county, they would be surprised to know that the Office of Sheriff has a proud history that spans well over a 1,000 years, from the early Middle Ages until today.
The Sheriff is a sworn law enforcement officer. Officers working for a Sheriff are called a Sheriff’s Deputy and are authorized to perform the Sheriff’s duties.
In Indiana, the Sheriff and his deputies are sworn police officers with the powers to make arrest, perform criminal investigations, traffic patrol, investigate accidents, detaining prisoners in the county jail and transportation of prisoners. The Sheriff is also responsible for the collection of unpaid taxes as well as the selling of foreclosed homes and has a pivotal role in disaster preparedness.