In Maryland, as in other common law states, the office of sheriff has undergone a decline in importance without a corresponding reduction in power. This discrepancy is best exemplified in those metropolitan areas where separate police forces exercise independent and concurrent statutory duties.
Acton, Jonathan W. II
"Notes and Comments: The Maryland Sheriff v. Modern and Efficient Administration of Justice,"
University of Baltimore Law Review: Vol. 2
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.law.ubalt.edu/ublr/vol2/iss2/6