|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Paoli||Indiana 47454||19 miles|
|Daviess County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Indiana 47501||20 miles|
|Dubois County Jail||Jasper||Indiana 47546||21 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Indiana 47421||22 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Indiana 47424||26 miles|
|Crawford County Jail||English||Indiana 47118||29 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||Indiana 47567||29 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Department||Bloomington||Indiana 47404||37 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Indiana 47167||38 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Vincennes||Indiana 47591||39 miles|
|Owen County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Indiana 47460||43 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Brownstown||Indiana 47220||43 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.