|Erie County Sheriff's Office||Sandusky||Ohio 44870|
|Ottawa County Sheriff's Office||Port Clinton||Ohio 43452||12 miles|
|Huron County Sheriff's Office||Norwalk||Ohio 44857||17 miles|
|Sandusky County Sheriff's Office||Fremont||Ohio 43420||20 miles|
|Lorain County Sheriff||Elyria||Ohio 44035||31 miles|
|Seneca County Sheriff's Office||Tiffin||Ohio 44883||35 miles|
|Lucas County Sheriff's Office||Toledo||Ohio 43604||45 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Bucyrus||Ohio 44820||46 miles|
|Ashland County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Ohio 44805||46 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.