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The mission of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department is to promote a safe environment for our community.
 
Eric J. Weaknecht, Sheriff

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What is a Sheriff?
 

The office of Sheriff in Pennsylvania is a constitutional office. Each of the Pennsylvania's 67 counties has a Sheriff. The term of each Sheriff is four years.

A Sheriff's duties cover a wide area of responsibilities. As an elected office holder, the Sheriff is in a unique position to meet the needs of their constituents. Some Sheriff's have road patrol and criminal investigations responsibilities. Others have special details such as Drug or DUI enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Mounted unites.

Pennsylvania Sheriff's trace their history back to England prior to the signing of the Magna Carta. Today's Sheriff is backed by some of the over 1923 professional and well trained Deputy Sheriffs in Pennsylvania.

A Deputy Sheriff must complete 760 hours of training before they can graduate from the Pennsylvania Sheriff's Academy. In addition to this, deputies must complete regular in-service training to maintain their certifications.

Pennsylvania Sheriff's are a professional law agency hard at work accomplishing our mission: To Protect and Serve.