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Rural Police

Rural Police

Rural Police

In line with Ralph A. Weisheit

about Rural Police in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Police agencies in nonmetropolitan counties, counties with fewer than 50,000 people and that are not immediately adjacent to and economically dependent upon larger metropolitan areas, include sheriffs' offices with countywide jurisdiction and relatively small municipal police departments. In the United States of America, these nonmetropolitan departments outnumber departments in metropolitan counties by about 1,700 agencies. It is difficult to provide a simple description of rural police while also recognizing that rural areas vary tremendously from one part of the country to the next. For example, some sections of Appalachia have extreme levels of violent crime, whereas other rural areas have relatively little. Many nonmetropolitan counties are steeped in poverty, and others are relatively wealthy. Parsimony demands that the current discussion focus on the typical or average rural agency, recognizing that not all rural areas are alike.