Okay, A few questions for the Wolfman: Is the issue(s) you have with the Deputy Sheriffs (qualification related and political) or is there more? If the complaint you have is that some are not paying dues, not trained and politically getting slots that they are not qualified to perform; good reason to complain. However, unqualified individuals holding a badge are not just confined to one agency! If, on the other hand, you have a problem with retired and current police officers working as Deputy Sheriffs then what is the real issue? Some of these people undoubtedly have many years of training and full-time academy training via M.C.J.T.C. Maybe even more time and experience on than you! Is the issue just that they are "different"? Hmmm...kinda hear a banjo in the background. There were not too many complaints when Sheriff's deputize various local officers to elevate jurisdictional issues while working in 94C task force(s). Again, some are or were full time cops who made a choice so what is the problem? I believe one of the Sheriff's K-9 officers out of Hampden County had one of the "live finds" at the World Trade Center shortly after 911 and was requested there by a friend in the NYPD! Guess he did more than parking tickets! Final thought for now, if some Sheriffs' are attempting to hire well qualified cops then I am not sure what the problem is. Not enough crime or maybe too much backup. If it is a high school type turf war than it is unrealistic and makes some look foolish. The Mass Statutes as well as a host of Massachusetts SJC & App. Ct. case law rulings are crystal clear as to Dep. Sheriff powers and duties; some agencies have just been a bit lax in exercising this legal power and training, for now.