|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Bridgeport||Connecticut 06604|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Carmel||New York 10512||21 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Pleasantville||New York 10570||22 miles|
|New Haven County Sheriff's Office||New Haven||Connecticut 06519||23 miles|
|Westchester County Sheriff's Office||Hawthorne||New York 10532||25 miles|
|Rockland County Sheriff's Department||New City||New York 10956||33 miles|
|Nassau County Sheriff's Office||East Meadow||New York 11554||36 miles|
|Litchfield County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Connecticut 06759||37 miles|
|Suffolk County Sheriff's Office||Riverhead||New York 11901||39 miles|
|Bronx County Sheriff's Office||Woodstock||New York 10455||40 miles|
|Bergen County Sheriff's Office||Hackensack||New Jersey 07601||43 miles|
|Queens County Sheriff's Office||Jamaica||New York 11435||43 miles|
|Dutchess County Sheriff's Office||Poughkeepsie||New York 12601||44 miles|
|Passaic County Sheriff's Office||Wayne||New Jersey 07470||48 miles|
|New York County Sheriff's Office||New York||New York 10038||49 miles|
|Hudson County Sheriff's Office||Jersey||New Jersey 07302||50 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Goshen||New York 10924||53 miles|
|Essex County Sheriff's Office||Newark||New Jersey 07102||54 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||New York||New York 10301||55 miles|
|Ulster County Sheriff's Office||Kingston||New York 12401||58 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.