|Ohio County Sheriff's Office||Wheeling||West Virginia 26003||1 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Moundsville||West Virginia 26041||10 miles|
|Belmont County Sheriff's Office||St. Clairsville||Ohio 43950||12 miles|
|Brooke County Sheriff's Office||Wellsburg||West Virginia 26070||16 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Cadiz||Ohio 43907||19 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||22 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Pennsylvania 15301||27 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Woodsfield||Ohio 43793||29 miles|
|Wetzel County Sheriff's Office||New Martinsville||West Virginia 26155||30 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||31 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Waynesburg||Pennsylvania 15370||32 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Carrollton||Ohio 44615||39 miles|
|Tyler County Sheriff's Office||Middlebourne||West Virginia 26149||40 miles|
|Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office||New Philadelphia||Ohio 44663||44 miles|
|Guernsey County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Ohio 43725||44 miles|
|Noble County Sheriff's Office||Caldwell||Ohio 43724||46 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.