Jay County Sheriff's Office

See Jay County Sheriff's Office 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.


Name
Jay County Sheriff's Office
Address
224 West Water Street, Portland, Indiana, 47371
Phone
(260) 726-8188
Fax
(260) 726-8103

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Blackford County Sheriff's Office 16 miles
Randolph County Sheriff's Office 18 miles
Mercer County Sheriff's Office 23 miles
Wells County Sheriff's Office 24 miles
Delaware County Sheriff's Office 27 miles
Adams County Sheriff's Office 27 miles
Darke County Sheriff's Office 31 miles
Grant County Sheriff's Office 37 miles
Van Wert County Sheriff's Office 37 miles
Henry County Sheriff's Office 40 miles
Huntington County Sheriff's Office 41 miles
Auglaize County Sheriff's Office 41 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.