|Baltimore County Sheriff's Office||Baltimore||Maryland 21204||3 miles|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Ellicott City||Maryland 21043||15 miles|
|Harford County Sheriff's Office||Bel Air||Maryland 21014||16 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Westminster||Maryland 21157||22 miles|
|Kent County Sheriff's Office||Chestertown||Maryland 21620||32 miles|
|Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office||Annapolis||Maryland 21401||33 miles|
|County Sheriff||York||Pennsylvania 17401||36 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Rockville||Maryland 20850||38 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Frederick||Maryland 21701||41 miles|
|Queen Annes County Sheriff's Office||Centreville||Maryland 21617||41 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Gettysburg||Pennsylvania 17325||42 miles|
|Prince Georges County Sheriff's Office||Upper Marlboro||Maryland 20772||44 miles|
|Lancaster County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Pennsylvania 17602||44 miles|
|Cecil County Sheriff's Office||Elkton||Maryland 21921||46 miles|
|Arlington County Sheriff's Office||Arlington||Virginia 22201||46 miles|
|Falls Church County Sheriff's Office||Falls Church||Virginia 22046||49 miles|
|Alexandria County Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Virginia 22314||51 miles|
|Talbot County Sheriff's Office||Easton||Maryland 21601||54 miles|
|Loudoun County Sheriff's Office||Leesburg||Virginia 20175||56 miles|
|Fairfax County Sheriff's Office||Fairfax||Virginia 22030||56 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.