|Champaign County Sheriff's Office||Urbana||Illinois 61801||2 miles|
|Piatt County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Illinois 61856||18 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Tuscola||Illinois 61953||22 miles|
|Ford County Sheriff's Office||Paxton||Illinois 60957||26 miles|
|Vermilion County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Illinois 61832||32 miles|
|Dewitt County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Illinois 61727||38 miles|
|Moultrie County Sheriff's Office||Sullivan||Illinois 61951||40 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Illinois 62523||42 miles|
|Coles County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||Illinois 61920||43 miles|
|Fountain County Jail||Covington||Indiana 47932||45 miles|
|Edgar County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Illinois 61944||45 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.