|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Maquoketa||Iowa 52060||16 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Tipton||Iowa 52772||18 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Anamosa||Iowa 52205||19 miles|
|Linn County Sheriff's Office||Cedar Rapids||Iowa 52404||37 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Iowa 52801||37 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Iowa||Iowa 52240||38 miles|
|Rock Island County Sheriff's Office||Rock Island||Illinois 61201||38 miles|
|Dubuque County Sheriff's Office||Dubuque||Iowa 52001||39 miles|
|Muscatine County Sheriff's Office||Muscatine||Iowa 52761||39 miles|
|Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Illinois 61036||40 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Iowa 52732||40 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Iowa 52057||43 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.