|Chester County Sheriff's Office||West Chester||Pennsylvania 19382||8 miles|
|New Castle County Sheriff's Office||Wilmington||Delaware 19801||15 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Media||Pennsylvania 19063||18 miles|
|Cecil County Sheriff's Office||Elkton||Maryland 21921||20 miles|
|Salem County Sheriff's Office||Salem||New Jersey 08079||26 miles|
|Philadelphia County Sheriff's Office||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania 19110||30 miles|
|Gloucester County Sheriff Department||Woodbury||New Jersey 08096||31 miles|
|Lancaster County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Pennsylvania 17602||32 miles|
|Berks County Sheriff's Office||Reading||Pennsylvania 19601||32 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camden||New Jersey 08102||33 miles|
|Harford County Sheriff's Office||Bel Air||Maryland 21014||41 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Bridgeton||New Jersey 08302||42 miles|
|Bucks County Sheriff's Office||Doylestown||Pennsylvania 18901||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.