|Aroostook Sheriff's Department||Houlton||Maine 04730|
|Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office||Dover-Foxcroft||Maine 04426||110 miles|
|Penobscot County Sheriff||Bangor||Maine 04401||133 miles|
|Somerset County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Maine 04950||143 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Machias||Maine 04654||150 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Maine 04605||151 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Farmington||Maine 04938||159 miles|
|Waldo County Sheriff's Office||Belfast||Maine 04915||160 miles|
|Kennebec County Sheriff's Office||Augusta||Maine 04330||175 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Rockland||Maine 04841||183 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Wiscasset||Maine 04578||195 miles|
|Oxford County Sheriff's Office||South Paris||Maine 04281||195 miles|
|Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||Maine 04210||197 miles|
|Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office||Bath||Maine 04530||203 miles|
|Sheriff Department||Guildhall||Vermont 05905||205 miles|
|Coos County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||New Hampshire 03584||209 miles|
|Orleans County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Vermont 05855||210 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Portland||Maine 04102||227 miles|
|Caledonia County Sheriff's Office||St. Johnsbury||Vermont 05819||228 miles|
A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official who serves a specific county. Many of the responsibilities of the sheriff overlap with those of local police departments. The biggest difference is that a sheriff has jurisdiction over the entire county, while police departments can only enforce laws within city limits.
While sheriffs share law enforcement duties with city police officers, their degree of responsibility varies by jurisdiction. Municipalities with limited resources often contract law enforcement services to the sheriff, especially for complex crimes where they may not be equipped to conduct a detailed investigation.
Sheriffs tend to be more involved in cases where a suspect operates across city lines. Since they have the authority to investigate crimes and make arrests in any city in their jurisdiction, they often act as a bridge between various municipal law enforcement agencies in that jurisdiction.