|Decatur County Sheriff's Department||Greensburg||Indiana 47240||9 miles|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Indiana 47042||17 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Brookville||Indiana 47012||19 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Indiana 46173||21 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Connersville||Indiana 47331||25 miles|
|Jennings County Sheriff's Office||North Vernon||Indiana 47265||27 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||28 miles|
|Dearborn County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Indiana 47025||30 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Indiana 47353||31 miles|
|Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Indiana 47201||32 miles|
|Ohio County Sheriff||Rising Sun||Indiana 47040||35 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Burlington||Kentucky 41005||37 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Indiana 47250||40 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Indiana 46140||40 miles|
|Switzerland County Sheriff's Office||Vevay||Indiana 47043||41 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Indiana 46131||41 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Hamilton||Ohio 45011||42 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Richmond||Indiana 47374||43 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Warsaw||Kentucky 41095||43 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Indiana 47362||43 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.