|Providence County Sheriff's Office||Cranston||Rhode Island 02920||8 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||South Kingstown||Rhode Island 02879||16 miles|
|Newport County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Rhode Island 02840||18 miles|
|Bristol County Sheriff's Office||North Dartmouth||Massachusetts 02747||30 miles|
|New London County Sheriff's Office||New London||Connecticut 06320||35 miles|
|Norfolk County Sheriff's Office||Dedham||Massachusetts 02026||45 miles|
|Worcester County Sheriff's Office||West Boylston||Massachusetts 01583||47 miles|
|Plymouth County Sheriff's Office||Plymouth||Massachusetts 02360||51 miles|
|Barnstable County Sheriff's Office||Bourne||Massachusetts 02542||52 miles|
|Suffolk County Sheriff's Office||Boston||Massachusetts 02118||53 miles|
|Middlesex County Sheriff's Office||Somerville||Massachusetts 02145||56 miles|
|Dukes County Sheriff's Office||Edgartown||Massachusetts 02539||58 miles|
|Hampden County Sheriff's Department||Ludlow||Massachusetts 01056||61 miles|
|Essex County Sheriff's Office||Middleton||Massachusetts 01949||71 miles|
|Hampshire County Sheriff's Office||Northampton||Massachusetts 01061||72 miles|
|New Haven County Sheriff's Office||New Haven||Connecticut 06519||74 miles|
|Suffolk County Sheriff's Office||Riverhead||New York 11901||76 miles|
|Nantucket County Sheriff's Office||Nantucket||Massachusetts 02554||81 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Massachusetts 01301||83 miles|
|Litchfield County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Connecticut 06759||83 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.