The two biggest races in Wichita and Sedgwick County in 2012 are for District Attorney and Sheriff.
FactFinder 12 has broken down the job responsibilities of each position to help inform you, the voter.
District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District (Sedgwick County & Wichita) Prosecutes violations of the criminal laws of Kansas; institutes proceedings to protect abused and neglected children; prosecutes juvenile offenders; secures care and treatment in alcohol, drug and mental commitment cases; appears before the appellate courts of Kansas, the federal courts and the United States Supreme Court regarding civil and criminal appeals; enforces the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and other statutory civil proceedings as provided by law; and provides services to victims and witnesses to ensure their fair treatment in the criminal justice system.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff
Responsible for the law enforcement segment of public safety within Sedgwick County. The Sheriff’s Office assists municipal law enforcement (ex. Wichita Police Department) when requested, as well as other agencies including the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Sedgwick County Fire Department.
The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is composed of two bureaus: Detention and Law Enforcement. The Detention Bureau supervises all persons committed to the custody of the sheriff. This includes municipal, state and federal prisoners.
The Law Enforcement Bureau includes the Investigations Division, Patrol Division, Judicial Division and Support Division.