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Jurisdiction of County Sheriff & City Police: Gainesville Georgia Lawyer Discusses the Difference

What is the difference between City Police and the County Sheriff?

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The Sheriff is an elected official, who is responsible for law enforcement inside the county boundaries.  The Sheriff  appoints law enforcement officers to serve as his or her deputies.  The deputy sheriffs are the front line law enforcement officers for a county.

The City Police is generally run by the Chief of Police, who is hired by the City Counsel or sometimes the Mayor.  The City Police generally have jurisdiction inside the city limits.  Some jurisdictions have combined the two (Athens Clarke County), but many still have the distinction between city and county (Gainesville City, Hall County Sheriff).

The Sheriff’s Department also handles matters like delivering civil papers, provides courtroom security, and oversees county lockups and county jails.

If you are in downtown Gainesville, GA, the Gainesville City Police will respond to a call.  If you are outside of the city limits, the Sheriff’s Department will receive the call.  Generally speaking, the Sheriff’s Department and the Police Department have very similar training  and requirements, policies and procedures.  The main distinction is jurisdiction and where they respond.

At A. Bishop Law, our Gainesville Georgia Attorney welcomes questions on Criminal Defense laws, Traffic Laws and Georgia DUI laws. Please Call or Email us with any questions.

About the attorney:  Anne Bishop is a Georgia Lawyer with A. Bishop Law in Gainesville, Georgia and handles various DUI / DWIMarijuana Arrests and other Georgia Criminal Defense matters.  The law office of A. Bishop Law can assist clients throughout Georgia including: Hall County (Gainesville, OakwoodFlowery Branch), Jackson County  (Jefferson, Braselton) White County (Helen, Cleveland), Lumpkin County (Dahlonega), Dawson County (Dawsonville), Habersham County (Demorest, Cornelia), and all of Northeast Georgia.

This article and/or video should not be considered nor relied upon as legal advice since it is only intended for general overview and informational purposes. Please consult with an attorney on your specific situation in order to determine an appropriate legal course of action.

Anne Bishop
A. Bishop Law, LLC
Attorney at Law
539 Green Street NW
Phone: (770) 783-5296