The Brits actually come up with a few great ideas from time to time. In the Shire,
a division of land or County found in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and
some other English-speaking countries, the Shire Reeve was born. In Anglo-Saxon
England the Reeve was a high-ranking official with responsibilities in the
designated area of land called the shire. The execution of such an office is
referred to as “Shrievalty” of “Sheriffdom” on the British Isle.
Depending on the part of the world you are in, the term Sheriff can mean many
things. In England, Northern Ireland or Wales a Sheriff is known as the “High
Sheriff” and is mostly a ceremonial County or City Official. Yet, in Scotland,
Sheriffs are Judges. In some Ireland counties Sheriffs are similar to Bailiffs.
In the United States, the Southern and Western Sheriffs are independent
constitutional Chief Law Enforcement Officers of the County. They are known as
the “Will of the People with a strong hand”. Sheriffs work all traditional law
enforcement cases and anything related in their respective counties.
There are 3084 Sheriffs in America. There are 42 (forty-two) Sheriffs Associations
across the country. Sheriffs are chosen by the will of the people in free elections