Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

See Jefferson 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
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Address
317 Walnut Street, Madison, Indiana, 47250
Phone
(812) 265-2648
Fax
(812) 265-3190

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Trimble County Sheriff's Office 10 miles
Carroll County Sheriff's Office 11 miles
Switzerland County Sheriff's Office 17 miles
Scott County Sheriff's Office 21 miles
Jennings County Sheriff's Office 22 miles
Oldham County Sheriff's Office 23 miles
Henry County Sheriff's Office 24 miles
Ripley County Sheriff's Office 24 miles
Gallatin County Sheriff's Office 26 miles
Ohio County Sheriff 32 miles
Owen County Sheriff's Office 32 miles
Jackson County Sheriff's Office 37 miles

Map and Directions to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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.