Definitions Better Than Webster’s: Sheriff

Written By: Elsie Law - May• 19•22

“Under the laws of England during the 1500s, shires (counties) and other political subdivisions were organized to carry out the will of the king. Each shire had a reeve, or chief law enforcement officer. In later years, the term “shire” was combined with the term “reeve” (shire-reeve) to create the word “sheriff,” a term that is now applied to the chief law enforcement officer of most U.S. counties.” -From, “The Juvenile Justice System” By: Merlo, Benekos & Champion

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