|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Ohio 43215||12 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||London||Ohio 43140||15 miles|
|Pickaway County Sheriff's Office||Circleville||Ohio 43113||21 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Washington Court House||Ohio 43160||26 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Marysville||Ohio 43040||28 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Ohio 43130||32 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Delaware||Ohio 43015||32 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Ohio 45502||34 miles|
|Champaign County Sheriff's Office||Urbana||Ohio 43078||35 miles|
|Ross County Sheriff's Office||Chillicothe||Ohio 45601||37 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Xenia||Ohio 45385||42 miles|
|Licking County Sheriff's Office||Newark||Ohio 43055||44 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Wilmington||Ohio 45177||46 miles|
|Hocking County Sheriff's Office||Logan||Ohio 43138||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.