|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Indiana 47448||18 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Department||Bloomington||Indiana 47404||19 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Indiana 46131||20 miles|
|Owen County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Indiana 47460||20 miles|
|Hendricks County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Indiana 46122||23 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Greencastle||Indiana 46135||26 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Indianapolis||Indiana 46204||28 miles|
|Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Indiana 47201||32 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Indiana 46176||36 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Brazil||Indiana 47834||37 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Indiana 47424||38 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Indiana 47421||39 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.