Nationwide Sheriffs play a large role in our Law Enforcement communities. One of their greatest sources of influence in our society is that they are typically elected officials. In being elected, Sheriffs often enjoy a greater range of power in their counties that is not afforded to appointed police chiefs. Sheriffs answer to the people who elected them.
This unique authority held by Sheriffs also means that they have complex responsibilities when protecting the Constitution in the counties they serve. This complex dynamic plays out the most when Sheriffs are faced with issues that arise when policy enters the gray area of Constitutional infringement.
This reality is no better displayed then with dealing with gun control policies. The Constitution enshrines the people’s right to keep and bear arms in the 2nd Amendment. But now more than ever, the federal government is attempting to restrict and regulate this right. When local government responds by implementing 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries, Sheriffs are their last line of defense. Will they enforce federal policies or uphold the rights being protected in their local jurisdiction?
While gun control efforts are being ramped up in Washington, it is just one of the issues facing Sheriffs in America. Here is a look at issues and trends which will have an impact of sheriffs moving forward: