Q What jurisdiction does a sheriff have inside an incorporated municipality concerning enforcement of municipal ordinances, investigation of traffic accidents, and investigation and arrests for felonies and misdemeanors?

A Sheriffs do not have general jurisdiction to enforce municipal ordinances. Section 63-3-411 requires accidents occurring within an incorporated municipality to be reported to the local police department, although the sheriff has authority to investigate if requested by the municipal police to assist. The sheriff and chief of police enjoy concurrent jurisdiction over making arrests or investigating criminal activity within the corporate limits of a municipality. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Vance dated March 11, 2011)