|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Benton||Illinois 62812|
|Williamson County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Illinois 62959||18 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Illinois 62864||22 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||McLeansboro||Illinois 62859||22 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Pinckneyville||Illinois 62274||26 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Murphysboro||Illinois 62966||27 miles|
|Saline County Sheriff's Office||Harrisburg||Illinois 62946||27 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Illinois 62263||35 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Vienna||Illinois 62995||40 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Fairfield||Illinois 62837||41 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Illinois 62952||42 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Carmi||Illinois 62821||42 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Illinois 62881||44 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Shawneetown||Illinois 62984||45 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Carlyle||Illinois 62231||49 miles|
|Pope County Sheriff's Office||Golconda||Illinois 62938||49 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Illinois 62233||50 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Elizabethtown||Illinois 62931||51 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Perryville||Missouri 63775||54 miles|
|Edwards County Sheriff's Office||Albion||Illinois 62806||54 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.