What are the duties of
the office of a South Dakota Sheriff?
The sheriff shall keep and preserve the
peace within his county, for which purpose he is empowered
to call to his aid such persons or power of his county as
he may deem necessary. He must pursue and apprehend all
felons, and must execute all writs, warrants, and other
process from any court or magistrate which shall be
directed to him by legal authority.
shall be the duty of the sheriff to comply with all orders
of the attorney general and to see to it as far as may be
possible that all the laws of this state and especially
all laws relating to alcoholic beverages are faithfully
state permits to carry concealed pistols.
and removal of deputies, jailers, and clerks.
the county jail.
do city Police and Sheriffs differ?
from the obvious difference in that the Sheriff has
county-wide authority and city Police are restricted to
their respective municipalities, as well as (at least in
our state) a Sheriff is elected and a Police Chief appointed
by his mayor; a quote from Walter H. Anderson in "A
Treatise on The Law of Sheriffs" in 1941 says it
Sheriff's primary obligation is to represent the
sovereignty, authority and interests of the STATE in his
respective jurisdiction, whereas the police department
represents the interest of the LOCAL JURISDICTION.
In preserving the rights of the government, the Sheriff
represents the sovereignty of the state and has no
superior in his county."
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