|Allegheny County Sheriff's Office||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania 15219||5 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Pennsylvania 15301||19 miles|
|Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Pennsylvania 15601||24 miles|
|Beaver County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Pennsylvania 15009||29 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||33 miles|
|Brooke County Sheriff's Office||Wellsburg||West Virginia 26070||33 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Waynesburg||Pennsylvania 15370||34 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff||Steubenville||Ohio 43952||34 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Uniontown||Pennsylvania 15401||35 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Pennsylvania 16001||35 miles|
|Armstrong County Sheriff's Office||Kittanning||Pennsylvania 16201||40 miles|
|Ohio County Sheriff's Office||Wheeling||West Virginia 26003||44 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.