|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Paw Paw||Michigan 49079|
|Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office||Kalamazoo||Michigan 49048||18 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff||Cassopolis||Michigan 49031||21 miles|
|Allegan County Sheriff's Office||Allegan||Michigan 49010||22 miles|
|St Joseph County Sheriff's Office||Centreville||Michigan 49032||28 miles|
|Berrien County Sheriff's Office||St. Joseph||Michigan 49085||31 miles|
|Elkhart County Sheriff's Office||Elkhart||Indiana 46517||41 miles|
|St Joseph County Sheriff's Office||South Bend||Indiana 46601||42 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Michigan 49058||42 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.