Town Serjeant

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The Town Serjeant (alternative spelling Town Sergeant) is the Serjeant-at-Arms for local municipalities in English borough councils and serves as a law enforcement official for some towns in the United States.

The position dates to the 16th Century and its functions included macebearer, bailiff, and gaoler. Historically, the serjeant aided the mayor and also served a ceremonial role.[1] Today in the United Kingdom, the position is largely ceremonial, without law-enforcement responsibility.

It the United States, particularly in New England states such as Rhode Island, towns still elect town sergeants who serve a law enforcement role.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Reformation and the Towns in England: Politics and Political Culture, C. 1540-1640 (Oxford University Press, 1998) By Robert Tittler, pg. 222
  2. ^ Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) CHAPTER 45-16 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE45/45-16/INDEX.HTM