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Election 2018/Civics lesson: Sheriffs are peace officers

JDGee writers: KY Statutes name four elected peace officers In answer to Election 2018 Primary: Question on duties of sheriff?, JDGee finds that Sheriffs, Coroners, Jailers, and Constables are peace officers and all have arrest powers
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By JDGee

Three brief excerpts from Duties of Elected County Officials, Information Bulletin # 117, revised November 2017, Legislative Research Commission (LRS), Kentucky, pp 91-92. The entire section runs several pages, including a lengthy "must perform" list incumbent upon all peace officers -- including sheriffs and their deputies -- in the state. It's fully referenced to the enabling pieces of legislation (KRS).

"Sheriffs and three other types of elected county officials--coroners, jailers, and constables--are peace officers who possess law enforcement powers (KRS 446.010). These powers include a broad grant of authority to make arrests. Under KRS 431.005, any peace officer may make an arrest...

"In addition to the instances [of arrest] cited above, certain peace officers, including sheriffs and full-time paid deputy sheriffs, may make warrantless arrests in some narrowly defined cases of domestic abuse, to include individuals dating, not only spouses and partners (KRS 431.005).

"The law specifically authorizes sheriffs and constables to carry concealed deadly weapons when necessary for their protection in discharging their duties (KRS 527.020)."

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