|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Gettysburg||Pennsylvania 17325||11 miles|
|County Sheriff||York||Pennsylvania 17401||18 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Carlisle||Pennsylvania 17013||20 miles|
|Dauphin County Sheriff's Office||Harrisburg||Pennsylvania 17101||25 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Westminster||Maryland 21157||25 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Chambersburg||Pennsylvania 17201||32 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Bloomfield||Pennsylvania 17068||35 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Frederick||Maryland 21701||40 miles|
|Lancaster County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Pennsylvania 17602||41 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Hagerstown||Maryland 21740||42 miles|
|Lebanon County District Attorney's Office||Lebanon||Pennsylvania 17042||44 miles|
|Baltimore County Sheriff's Office||Baltimore||Maryland 21204||44 miles|
|Harford County Sheriff's Office||Bel Air||Maryland 21014||46 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.