Decatur County Sheriff

See Decatur County Sheriff location, address, and phone number, and public records search. Sheriffs are law enforcement officers which enforce laws and keep public order. Sheriffs are usually elected by their regional counties.

Decatur County Sheriff
207 North Main Street, Leon, Iowa, 50144
(641) 446-4111

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Clarke County Sheriff 21 miles
Wayne County Sheriff's Office 22 miles
Mercer County Sheriff's Office 25 miles
Ringgold County Sheriff's Office 26 miles
Lucas County Sheriff's Office 29 miles
Harrison County Sheriff's Office 36 miles
Union County Sheriff's Office 39 miles
Worth County Sheriff's Office 39 miles
Putnam County Sheriff's Office 43 miles
Madison County Sheriff's Office 44 miles
Warren County Sheriff's Office 44 miles
Appanoose County Sheriff's Office 45 miles

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What is a sheriff?

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.