|Rush County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Indiana 46173||9 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||10 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Department||Greensburg||Indiana 47240||16 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Indiana 46140||19 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Connersville||Indiana 47331||25 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Indiana 46131||26 miles|
|Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Indiana 47201||29 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Indiana 47362||29 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Brookville||Indiana 47012||33 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Indianapolis||Indiana 46204||33 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Indiana 47353||36 miles|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Indiana 47042||38 miles|
|Jennings County Sheriff's Office||North Vernon||Indiana 47265||38 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Anderson||Indiana 46016||39 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Noblesville||Indiana 46060||41 miles|
|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Indiana 47448||42 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Richmond||Indiana 47374||42 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Indiana 46151||45 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Muncie||Indiana 47305||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.