|Forest County Sheriff's Department||Tionesta||Pennsylvania 16353|
|Clarion County Sheriff's Office||Clarion||Pennsylvania 16214||22 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warren||Pennsylvania 16365||24 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Brookville||Pennsylvania 15825||26 miles|
|Elk County Sheriff's Office||Ridgway||Pennsylvania 15853||28 miles|
|Venango County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Pennsylvania 16323||31 miles|
|Mckean County Sheriff's Office||Smethport||Pennsylvania 16749||46 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Meadville||Pennsylvania 16335||47 miles|
|Armstrong County Sheriff's Office||Kittanning||Pennsylvania 16201||50 miles|
|Cameron County Sheriff's Office||Emporium||Pennsylvania 15834||52 miles|
|Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office||Mayville||New York 14757||53 miles|
|Clearfield County Sheriff's Office||Clearfield||Pennsylvania 16830||54 miles|
|Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office||Little Valley||New York 14755||56 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Pennsylvania 16001||56 miles|
|Erie County Sheriff's Office||Erie||Pennsylvania 16501||61 miles|
|Indiana County Sheriff's Office||Indiana||Pennsylvania 15701||62 miles|
|Potter County Sheriff's Office||Roulette||Pennsylvania 16746||66 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Pennsylvania 16101||67 miles|
|Cambria County Sheriff||Ebensburg||Pennsylvania 15931||76 miles|
|Mahoning County Sheriff's Office||Youngstown||Ohio 44503||78 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.