Did you notice the itty bitty sheriff's van in front of the Carnahan Courthouse in today's picture on St. Louis Daily Photo? (You had to. I brought it to your attention.) Here it is up close. What a sheriff does varies by jurisdiction. I once met the law partner of the then-incumbent Sheriff of Nottingham. In our town, the sheriff's department provides courthouse security and transports prisoners back and forth to the slammer. So back off.