When passing a police, sheriff or marshal vehicle, I’ve often wondered what the difference is between these law enforcement entities.
• Police officer: Oversees the protection of people and prevention of crimes, enforces motor vehicle laws, responds to emergency and non-emergency calls.
• Sheriff: Usually at the county level, provides security for the courts, serves papers such as warrants and eviction notices and oversees the jail.
• Marshal: Enforcement officers of the court providing security while also serving subpoenas and arrest warrants.
While glad to discover a bit of insight, here’s to hoping we never have to experience any of these issues firsthand.