|Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office||Crowley||Louisiana 70526|
|Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office||Jennings||Louisiana 70546||15 miles|
|Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Louisiana 70501||24 miles|
|St Landry Parish Sheriff's Office||Opelousas||Louisiana 70570||26 miles|
|Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office||Abbeville||Louisiana 70510||27 miles|
|Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office||Ville Platte||Louisiana 70586||29 miles|
|Allen Parish Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Louisiana 70655||31 miles|
|St Martin Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Martinville||Louisiana 70582||37 miles|
|Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office||New Iberia||Louisiana 70560||40 miles|
|Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office||Lake Charles||Louisiana 70615||44 miles|
|Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office||Marksville||Louisiana 71351||61 miles|
|St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Louisiana 70538||64 miles|
|Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office||New Roads||Louisiana 70760||65 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||65 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||69 miles|
|West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Francisville||Louisiana 70775||70 miles|
|Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office||Plaquemine||Louisiana 70764||70 miles|
|West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office||Port Allen||Louisiana 70767||73 miles|
|Assumption Parish Sheriff||Pierre Part||Louisiana 70339||76 miles|
|Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office||Leesville||Louisiana 71446||78 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.