|Allen County Sheriff's Office||Lima||Ohio 45801||7 miles|
|Auglaize County Sheriff's Office||Wapakoneta||Ohio 45895||16 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Kenton||Ohio 43326||20 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Ottawa||Ohio 45875||21 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Bellefontaine||Ohio 43311||25 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Findlay||Ohio 45840||29 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Sidney||Ohio 45365||31 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Celina||Ohio 45822||33 miles|
|Van Wert County Sheriff's Office||Van Wert||Ohio 45891||34 miles|
|Wyandot County Sheriff's Office||Upper Sandusky||Ohio 43351||37 miles|
|Champaign County Sheriff's Office||Urbana||Ohio 43078||43 miles|
|Paulding County Sheriff's Office||Paulding||Ohio 45879||43 miles|
|Defiance County Sheriff's Office||Defiance||Ohio 43512||45 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Marysville||Ohio 43040||45 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff||Marion||Ohio 43302||46 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.