|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Lincoln||Illinois 62656|
|Dewitt County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Illinois 61727||21 miles|
|Menard County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||Illinois 62675||27 miles|
|Sangamon County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Illinois 62701||28 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Illinois 62523||30 miles|
|Mclean County Sheriff's Office||Bloomington||Illinois 61701||31 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Pekin||Illinois 61554||34 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Havana||Illinois 62644||39 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Taylorville||Illinois 62568||40 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Eureka||Illinois 61530||41 miles|
|Piatt County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Illinois 61856||42 miles|
|Peoria County Sheriff's Office||Peoria||Illinois 61604||43 miles|
|Fulton County Police Department||Lewistown||Illinois 61542||46 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Virginia||Illinois 62691||46 miles|
|Moultrie County Sheriff's Office||Sullivan||Illinois 61951||53 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Jacksonville||Illinois 62650||53 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Illinois 62565||58 miles|
|Champaign County Sheriff's Office||Urbana||Illinois 61801||61 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Tuscola||Illinois 61953||62 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Lacon||Illinois 61540||62 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.