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Centre County Sheriff
The sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the county. The office of sheriff is mandated by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The sheriff is an independent elected official with law enforcement responsibilities as well as civil and criminal court duties.

As the chief law enforcement officer, the sheriff can provide the same type service as other law enforcement agencies. In addition the office of sheriff is responsible for service of civil work of the Court of Common Pleas as well as service of civil and criminal process for district magistrates, private attorneys, and others.

Duties & Functions
The sheriff's office provides security for the courts as well as all county run agencies and county owned buildings. Sheriff's deputies transports prisoners to and from various state and county prisons across the Commonwealth for court proceedings. The office is also responsible for transporting persons back to Centre County who have fled to areas outside the boundaries of the Commonwealth to avoid prosecution.

The office is responsible for issuance of License to Carry Firearms and regulate and license the county firearms dealers.

Centre County Triad, a working partnership with county senior citizens and all Centre County law enforcement agencies was established in 1997. Triad sponsors a Citizens Police Academy every year as well as various crime prevention programs for our seniors.

Centre County deputy sheriffs have completed Critical Incident Response Training and Civil Disturbance Tactics in conjunction with local police agencies. This training enhances the office in support of other law enforcement agencies.
Bryan Sampsel

213 East High Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488

Ph: (814) 355-6803

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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