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  1. Usually the chief peace officer of a county. The modern office of sheriff in the United States descends from a one-thousand-year-old English tradition: a "shire-reeve" (shire-keeper) is the oldest appointment of the English crown.
  2. The university defines the Office of High Sheriff as a year-long independent non-political royal appointment dating back to Saxon times, when the ' Shire Reeve ' was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire (or county) and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. The office is a royal appointment dating back to Saxon times, when the ' Shire Reeve ' .
  3. Shire and hundred courts administered local custom with the free-man suitors under the king's representative-ealdorman, shire-reeve, or hundred-reeve. Whilst, in many respects, his position in a borough was analogous no doubt to the shire-reeve or sheriff of a county, there were, on the other hand, duties belonging to and exercised by the one which were not exercised by the other.
  4. Shire-Reeves Alfred the Great (AD ), King of the Anglo-Saxons during the Viking invasion, organized the lands and Tuns into Shires and appointed a Reeve to maintain law and order within the Shire. To distinguish between the two Reeves, the more important official was referred to as the Shire-Reeve.
  5. The shire was the forerunner of the modern county. Just as each hundred was led by a reeve (chief), each shire had a reeve as well. To distinguish the leader of a shire from the leader of a mere hundred, the more powerful official became known as a shire-reeve. The word shire-reeve eventually became the modern English word sheriff.
  6. The Reeve of an entire Shire was a Shire-reeve, predecessor to the Sheriff. A sheriff is in principle a legal official with responsibility for a county. In practice, the specific combination of legal, political, and ceremonial duties of a sheriff varies greatly from country to country. The word "sheriff" is a contraction of the term "shire reeve".
  7. Shire definition is - an administrative subdivision; especially: a county in England. in ninth-century England—when the sheriff was called the shire reeve, or county guardian—the office has been a kind of one-man government. — Naomi Fry, The New Yorker.
  8. How did shire-reeves address crime? They fined criminals and parishes that failed to capture criminals How were sheriffs paid for their work in the early days of law enforcement?

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