|Erie County Sheriff's Office||Erie||Pennsylvania 16501|
|Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office||Mayville||New York 14757||32 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Meadville||Pennsylvania 16335||33 miles|
|Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Ohio 44047||43 miles|
|Venango County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Pennsylvania 16323||52 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warren||Pennsylvania 16365||52 miles|
|Forest County Sheriff's Department||Tionesta||Pennsylvania 16353||54 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Painesville||Ohio 44077||65 miles|
|Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office||Little Valley||New York 14755||67 miles|
|Geauga County Sheriff's Office||Chardon||Ohio 44024||71 miles|
|Trumbull County Sheriff's Office||Warren||Ohio 44481||71 miles|
|Clarion County Sheriff's Office||Clarion||Pennsylvania 16214||72 miles|
|Mahoning County Sheriff's Office||Youngstown||Ohio 44503||76 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Pennsylvania 16101||78 miles|
|Erie County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||New York 14202||82 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Brookville||Pennsylvania 15825||84 miles|
|Elk County Sheriff's Office||Ridgway||Pennsylvania 15853||85 miles|
|Portage County Sheriff's Office||Ravenna||Ohio 44266||87 miles|
|Mckean County Sheriff's Office||Smethport||Pennsylvania 16749||87 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Pennsylvania 16001||88 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.