A History of Sheriffs and the Modern Uniform







In the United States, the role of a sheriff varies dramatically between states and counties. The sheriff is usually the county administrator, the county administrative board's managing director. In urban areas, some sheriffs may be limited to these court services, such as prison guard monitoring, legal certainty, deprivation of liberty, service options, process services, or police administration. Sheriffs can also patrol outside the city's borders or jurisdiction. In many rural areas, sheriffs and their deputies are the main form of police. It has become increasingly important to be able to distinguish between typical police officers and Sheriff's offices. The iconic sheriff's uniform does so much work as it normally is markedly different from the traditional police uniform.

In contrast to most of the police agencies' traditional dark blue uniform, Sheriffs and Deputies often wear a 2-ton uniform combination of either lighter khaki on top and darker brown in botom or back. The shirts are a button-down uniform shirt, either short-sleeved or long-sleeved and often have a shoulder plastic that reads "SHERIFF" over the top in some way. The pants usually have an edge on the outside. The sheriff's uniforms usually also include common uniform accessories such as a gold-colored, seven-point metal emblem and a gold nameplate.

The reason for the mixed light / dark combination of sheriff uniforms has a lot to do with the color psychology. As Richard R. Johnson, M.S. Speaking in his report "The Psychological Impact of Political Unity", there was an experiment that presented test subjects with 2 types of paramilitary uniforms. One was the traditional dark blue used by most police agencies and the other was a khaki shirt and dark green pants traditionally used by California sheriff depots. Although both uniforms were ranked as well, honest, helpful, and competent, the lighter colored sheriff appreciated significantly higher warmth and friendliness. What they gathered from these results was that a uniform that is only half dark sends a better message to all the blue / black uniforms.

The sheriffs have served and protected the English-speaking people for thousands of years and over the many years the uniforms have changed and are universally as unique as the individual sheriff around the country. While some sheriff uniforms Follow this traditional brown / tan combination of colors, others use other combinations of brown and green or all green or gray.

Regardless of the color of the uniform, a sheriff is generally, but not always, the highest law enforcement officer in a county. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in his VALUE OF BASES, "The Sheriff's office is the most important of all county executive offices." The Sheriff's office is indeed important, and was actually the first county administrative board established in the United States. Some very outstanding Americans have held the County Sheriff's office, from the earliest days down to our present era.