|Ford County Sheriff's Office||Paxton||Illinois 60957|
|Livingston County Sheriff's Office||Pontiac||Illinois 61764||29 miles|
|Iroquois County Sheriff's Office||Watseka||Illinois 60970||29 miles|
|Champaign County Sheriff's Office||Urbana||Illinois 61801||33 miles|
|Kankakee County Sheriff's Office||Kankakee||Illinois 60901||40 miles|
|Mclean County Sheriff's Office||Bloomington||Illinois 61701||41 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Kentland||Indiana 47951||43 miles|
|Piatt County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Illinois 61856||43 miles|
|Vermilion County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Illinois 61832||45 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Fowler||Indiana 47944||48 miles|
|Dewitt County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Illinois 61727||49 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Williamsport||Indiana 47993||53 miles|
|Grundy County Sheriff's Office||Morris||Illinois 60450||53 miles|
|Fountain County Jail||Covington||Indiana 47932||54 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Eureka||Illinois 61530||56 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Tuscola||Illinois 61953||56 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Rensselaer||Indiana 47978||61 miles|
|Lasalle County Sheriff's Office||Ottawa||Illinois 61350||62 miles|
|Will County Sheriff's Office||Joliet||Illinois 60432||65 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Illinois 62523||65 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.