|Allen County Sheriff's Office||Fort Wayne||Indiana 46802||9 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||Indiana 46706||11 miles|
|Noble County Sheriff's Office||Albion||Indiana 46701||20 miles|
|Whitley County Sheriff||Columbia||Indiana 46725||20 miles|
|Paulding County Sheriff's Office||Paulding||Ohio 45879||28 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Indiana 46733||28 miles|
|Steuben County Sheriff's Office||Angola||Indiana 46703||30 miles|
|Huntington County Sheriff's Office||Huntington||Indiana 46750||30 miles|
|Lagrange County Sheriff's Office||Lagrange||Indiana 46761||33 miles|
|Wells County Sheriff's Office||Bluffton||Indiana 46714||33 miles|
|Williams County Sheriff's Office||Bryan||Ohio 43506||34 miles|
|Van Wert County Sheriff's Office||Van Wert||Ohio 45891||36 miles|
|Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office||Warsaw||Indiana 46580||39 miles|
|Defiance County Sheriff's Office||Defiance||Ohio 43512||40 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.