|Aitkin County Sheriff||Aitkin||Minnesota 56431|
|Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office||Brainerd||Minnesota 56401||41 miles|
|Itasca County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Minnesota 55744||44 miles|
|Carlton County Sheriff's Office||Carlton||Minnesota 55718||49 miles|
|Kanabec County Sheriff's Office||Mora||Minnesota 55051||50 miles|
|Pine County Sheriff's Office||Pine||Minnesota 55063||56 miles|
|Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office||Milaca||Minnesota 56353||60 miles|
|Morrison County Sheriff||Little Falls||Minnesota 56345||62 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Wisconsin 54880||63 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Duluth||Minnesota 55802||63 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Walker||Minnesota 56484||64 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Foley||Minnesota 56329||69 miles|
|Isanti County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Minnesota 55008||73 miles|
|Burnett County Jail||Siren||Wisconsin 54872||76 miles|
|Hubbard County Sheriff's Office||Park Rapids||Minnesota 56470||81 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff||Long Prairie||Minnesota 56347||81 miles|
|Wadena County Sheriff's Office||Wadena||Minnesota 56482||83 miles|
|Stearns County Sheriff's Office||St. Cloud||Minnesota 56302||83 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Two Harbors||Minnesota 55616||88 miles|
|Chisago County Sheriff's Office||Center||Minnesota 55012||88 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.