|Licking County Sheriff's Office||Newark||Ohio 43055||10 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Ohio 43130||16 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff Office||New Lexington||Ohio 43764||21 miles|
|Muskingum County Sheriff's Office||Zanesville||Ohio 43701||25 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Ohio 43215||28 miles|
|Hocking County Sheriff's Office||Logan||Ohio 43138||28 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff||Mount Vernon||Ohio 43050||32 miles|
|Pickaway County Sheriff's Office||Circleville||Ohio 43113||33 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||McConnelsville||Ohio 43756||39 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Delaware||Ohio 43015||40 miles|
|Coshocton County Sheriff's Office||Coshocton||Ohio 43812||40 miles|
|Athens County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Ohio 45701||46 miles|
|Morrow County Sheriff's Office||Mount Gilead||Ohio 43338||47 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.