|New York County Sheriff's Office||New York||New York 10038||6 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||New York||New York 10301||7 miles|
|Hudson County Sheriff's Office||Jersey||New Jersey 07302||8 miles|
|Queens County Sheriff's Office||Jamaica||New York 11435||9 miles|
|Bronx County Sheriff's Office||Woodstock||New York 10455||13 miles|
|Essex County Sheriff's Office||Newark||New Jersey 07102||14 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Elizabeth||New Jersey 07202||14 miles|
|Bergen County Sheriff's Office||Hackensack||New Jersey 07601||17 miles|
|Nassau County Sheriff's Office||East Meadow||New York 11554||22 miles|
|Passaic County Sheriff's Office||Wayne||New Jersey 07470||26 miles|
|Middlesex County Sheriff's Office||New Brunswick||New Jersey 08901||29 miles|
|Morris County Sheriff's Office||Morristown||New Jersey 07963||30 miles|
|Monmouth County Sheriff's Office||Freehold||New Jersey 07728||31 miles|
|Westchester County Sheriff's Office||Hawthorne||New York 10532||33 miles|
|Somerset County Sheriff's Office||Somerville||New Jersey 08876||35 miles|
|Rockland County Sheriff's Department||New City||New York 10956||35 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Pleasantville||New York 10570||36 miles|
|Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office||Flemington||New Jersey 08822||48 miles|
|Ocean County Sheriff's Office||Toms River||New Jersey 08753||49 miles|
|Sussex County Sheriff's Office||Newton||New Jersey 07860||51 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.