|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Indianapolis||Indiana 46204||5 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Indiana 46131||17 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Indiana 46140||18 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||21 miles|
|Hendricks County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Indiana 46122||22 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Noblesville||Indiana 46060||24 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Indiana 46151||27 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Indiana 46052||29 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Anderson||Indiana 46016||35 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Indiana 46173||35 miles|
|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Indiana 47448||36 miles|
|Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Indiana 47201||37 miles|
|Tipton County Sheriff's Office||Tipton||Indiana 46072||39 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Indiana 47362||41 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Greencastle||Indiana 46135||41 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Department||Greensburg||Indiana 47240||41 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Department||Bloomington||Indiana 47404||45 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Frankfort||Indiana 46041||45 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.