|Penobscot County Sheriff||Bangor||Maine 04401|
|Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office||Dover-Foxcroft||Maine 04426||31 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Maine 04605||61 miles|
|Aroostook Sheriff's Department||Houlton||Maine 04730||63 miles|
|Somerset County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Maine 04950||67 miles|
|Waldo County Sheriff's Office||Belfast||Maine 04915||70 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Machias||Maine 04654||76 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Farmington||Maine 04938||88 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Rockland||Maine 04841||93 miles|
|Kennebec County Sheriff's Office||Augusta||Maine 04330||93 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Wiscasset||Maine 04578||109 miles|
|Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office||Bath||Maine 04530||118 miles|
|Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||Maine 04210||119 miles|
|Oxford County Sheriff's Office||South Paris||Maine 04281||122 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Portland||Maine 04102||145 miles|
|Sheriff Department||Guildhall||Vermont 05905||153 miles|
|Coos County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||New Hampshire 03584||156 miles|
|York County Sheriff's Department||Alfred||Maine 04002||169 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Ossipee||New Hampshire 03864||170 miles|
|Orleans County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Vermont 05855||174 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.