|Alcona County Sheriff's Office||Harrisville||Michigan 48740|
|Alpena County Sheriff's Office||Alpena||Michigan 49707||41 miles|
|Iosco County Sheriff's Office||Tawas||Michigan 48763||44 miles|
|Huron County Sheriff's Office||Bad Axe||Michigan 48413||61 miles|
|Oscoda County Sheriff's Office||Mio||Michigan 48647||64 miles|
|Montmorency County Sheriff's Office||Atlanta||Michigan 49709||69 miles|
|Presque Isle County Sheriff's Office||Rogers||Michigan 49779||70 miles|
|Arenac County Sheriff's Office||Standish||Michigan 48658||74 miles|
|Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office||West Branch||Michigan 48661||75 miles|
|Tuscola County Sheriff||Caro||Michigan 48723||87 miles|
|Sanilac County Sheriff's Office||Sandusky||Michigan 48471||87 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||88 miles|
|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708||91 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Grayling||Michigan 49738||92 miles|
|Otsego County Sheriff's Office||Gaylord||Michigan 49735||93 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||95 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||101 miles|
|Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office||Cheboygan||Michigan 49721||104 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||104 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||108 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.