|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Muncie||Indiana 47305||18 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Anderson||Indiana 46016||20 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||Rushville||Indiana 46173||23 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Indiana 46140||23 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Connersville||Indiana 47331||24 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Richmond||Indiana 47374||26 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Winchester||Indiana 47394||26 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Indiana 47353||31 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Noblesville||Indiana 46060||34 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||36 miles|
|Blackford County Sheriff's Office||Hartford||Indiana 47348||36 miles|
|Jay County Sheriff's Office||Portland||Indiana 47371||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.