|Mcdonough County Sheriff's Office||Macomb||Illinois 61455||10 miles|
|Fulton County Police Department||Lewistown||Illinois 61542||18 miles|
|Schuyler County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Illinois 62681||20 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Havana||Illinois 62644||24 miles|
|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Illinois 62353||32 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Illinois 62321||34 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Virginia||Illinois 62691||35 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Monmouth||Illinois 61462||36 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Galesburg||Illinois 61401||38 miles|
|Des Moines County Sheriff's Office||Burlington||Iowa 52601||42 miles|
|Menard County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||Illinois 62675||44 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Oquawka||Illinois 61469||44 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Pekin||Illinois 61554||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.