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Court: Davidson sheriff's department has authority

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The state supreme court has answered a question that has plagued the Davidson County Sheriff's Department for decades.

The question over whether the department has any law enforcement powers came up most recently when the department launched its controversial 287G program related to undocumented citizens.

A lawsuit was filed, challenging the authority of the sheriff's department to act as law enforcement officers.

While the issue has come up repeatedly over the years, the supreme court has now ruled the department does have enforcement powers.

"We needed this question answered, but never really expected it to be answered by people challenging us on 287G. The question was very narrow, but the answer was very broad," Sheriff Daron Hall said.

In fact, there is a referendum on the November ballot that would have addressed the issue as well.

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