Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole is in Washington, D.C., for an annual convention this week the place U.S. Lawyer Common Jeff Periods caught warmth for his remarks.

Cole stated the speech Monday was “inspiring” to the sheriffs within the room — and it additionally contained a message of help from President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, the speech is getting media consideration for a seemingly offhand remark made by Periods about the “Anglo-American heritage” of sheriffs.

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“I think every sheriff in the room knew exactly what he meant,” Cole said. “If you’re familiar with the history of sheriffs… you know that it comes from Anglo-Saxon history.”

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Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

The word “sheriff,” Cole explained, comes from two old English words: “shire,” meaning a division of land, and “reeve,” meaning an official.

The real message of the speech, Cole said, was “one of unity and support for the sheriffs from the Department of Justice.”

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Cole said he’s pretty sure he’s the only sheriff from Missouri at the National Sheriffs’ Association conference, which he described as productive.

According to Cole, some of the topics discussed include federal forfeiture, a federal program to give surplus equipment to local law enforcement, and immigration reform.

Cole explained that there have been changes recently that allow sheriff’s offices to hold people who are in the country illegally without any liability for a possible violation of the Fourth Amendment. Cole said that’s because the federal government will assume that liability.

In practical terms, Cole said that if his deputies interact with someone who is in the country illegally, the Christian County Jail could hold that person for federal authorities.

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