|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||48 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||53 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Washington 99328||54 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||55 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Washington 99347||57 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Pasco||Washington 99301||60 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Kennewick||Washington 99336||64 miles|
|Walla Walla County Sheriff||Walla Walla||Washington 99362||66 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||68 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||81 miles|
|Asotin County Sheriff's Office||Asotin||Washington 99402||83 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||88 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||89 miles|
|Umatilla County Sheriff's Office||Pendleton||Oregon 97801||94 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||94 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||95 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||96 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||98 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||105 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.