St Joseph County Sheriff's Office

See St Joseph 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.

St Joseph County Sheriff's Office
401 West Sample Street, South Bend, Indiana, 46601
(574) 245-6540
(574) 245-6574

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Elkhart County Sheriff's Office 14 miles
Cass County Sheriff 21 miles
Marshall County Sheriff's Office 22 miles
Laporte County Sheriff's Office 24 miles
Starke County Sheriff's Office 32 miles
Berrien County Sheriff's Office 33 miles
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office 36 miles
Fulton County Sheriff's Department 42 miles
St Joseph County Sheriff's Office 42 miles
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office 42 miles
Porter County Sheriff's Office 43 miles
Lagrange County Sheriff's Office 43 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.