RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #478

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 21 Aug 2002


Re your comment below:

> Well, he isn't exactly a policeman yet (his status
> is the one thing
> in the book that I don't really understand), much
> less a DI, but
> would Silent Joe count? I'm just re-reading it, as
> it happens. Good
> book.

Doesn't count; SLIENT JOE's a police procedural. Re Joe's status: In California (and, in fact, in most of the US), County Sheriff's Departments have four separate responsiblities. First is providing basic police serive to the unincorprated parts of the county, as well as to any incorporated municipalities that don't have their own police force and have contracted with the sheriff's office to handle law enforcement in their town. Second is running the county jail. Third is providing security to the courts (bailiffs, the cops who stand guard in court, are deputy sheriffs). Fourth is the serving of civil processes.

Many sehriff's offices have separate positions for these functions, but many others (including, presumably, the Orange County Sheriff's Office) hire one single "generalist" deputy who may be assigned to any of those functions. Since jail is generally the least popular duty, the least senior deputies, like Joe, get assigned there first and may spend several years as a jailer before getting assigned to patrol
(i.e. "real" police work). Joe was legally a cop, but since he was still serving out his allotted assignment as a jailer, he didn't "feel" like a real cop.


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