|Berkshire County Sheriff's Office||Pittsfield||Massachusetts 01201||18 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Hudson||New York 12534||19 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Catskill||New York 12414||25 miles|
|Albany County Sheriff's Office||Albany||New York 12207||33 miles|
|Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office||Troy||New York 12180||35 miles|
|Hampshire County Sheriff's Office||Northampton||Massachusetts 01061||36 miles|
|Litchfield County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Connecticut 06759||37 miles|
|Ulster County Sheriff's Office||Kingston||New York 12401||41 miles|
|Bennington County Sheriff's Office||Woodford||Vermont 05201||44 miles|
|Hampden County Sheriff's Department||Ludlow||Massachusetts 01056||45 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Massachusetts 01301||45 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.