If the Sheriff’s only duty is to serve court documents and conduct foreclosures, why have the Sheriff’s powers and responsibilities diminished over the years since office the was established. At the inception of the Sheriff’s office, he and his deputies had the power to arrest criminals, collect taxes, conduct surveys and in some cases, serve as judges. Was their power purposely and slowly eroded away to become what it is today; If so, to what purpose? Others have said, they don’t really care what duties Sheriff’s have in other states, however since the Sheriff in Delaware started with such broad powers at its conception, I believe it is a legitimate topic of discussion. I believe that the original intent of Delaware’s founding fathers, who wrote our constitution are clear and I believe that intention was that the sheriff would indeed be the, “Conservator of the Peace,” with law enforcement power in the county in which he lived. An elected Sheriff with law enforcement powers would be responsible to the voters, who elected him and in substance be working for the people of the county. The State Police, on the other hand, are state employees that are beholding to the Attorney General’s office and ultimately the Governor. Many have also made the point, if we the people are paying a sheriff and his deputies to deliver papers in the entire county, wouldn’t it make good sense for the sheriff to also have law enforcement powers? The county would make much better use of the resources that it is already paying for. In my opinion, this is a constitutional issue and the appropriate court should decide on the lawful duties of Delaware’s Sheriff’s office. Being a resident of Sussex County and heavily involved in its politics, I have heard almost every argument on both sides of the aisle on this issue and can see absolutely no reason that the Sheriff’s office should not have the power to arrest and detain when they witness a crime taking place. If their job is to protect life and property and be conservators of the peace, why would we the people expect our sheriff to stand idly by and watch murders, robberies and assaults take place without intervening. The current attitude on the part of the county and state, concerning the duties of Delaware’s Sheriff’s offices defies common sense and rational comprehension. There must be much more involved, with this issue, than meets the eye.