|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Indiana 47042||7 miles|
|Jennings County Sheriff's Office||North Vernon||Indiana 47265||14 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Department||Greensburg||Indiana 47240||19 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Indiana 47250||23 miles|
|Switzerland County Sheriff's Office||Vevay||Indiana 47043||28 miles|
|Dearborn County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Indiana 47025||29 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Carrollton||Kentucky 41008||29 miles|
|Ohio County Sheriff||Rising Sun||Indiana 47040||30 miles|
|Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Indiana 47201||30 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Brookville||Indiana 47012||31 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Warsaw||Kentucky 41095||33 miles|
|Trimble County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Kentucky 40006||33 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Scottsburg||Indiana 47170||34 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Burlington||Kentucky 41005||36 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Indiana 46173||37 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||37 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Brownstown||Indiana 47220||38 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Connersville||Indiana 47331||41 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Indiana 47353||46 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Kentucky 40050||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.