|Allegheny County Sheriff's Office||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania 15219||14 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Pennsylvania 16001||19 miles|
|Armstrong County Sheriff's Office||Kittanning||Pennsylvania 16201||23 miles|
|Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Pennsylvania 15601||25 miles|
|Beaver County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Pennsylvania 15009||26 miles|
|Indiana County Sheriff's Office||Indiana||Pennsylvania 15701||35 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Pennsylvania 15301||36 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Pennsylvania 16101||39 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||41 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||44 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.