|Alpena County Sheriff's Office||Alpena||Michigan 49707|
|Alcona County Sheriff's Office||Harrisville||Michigan 48740||18 miles|
|Montmorency County Sheriff's Office||Atlanta||Michigan 49709||37 miles|
|Oscoda County Sheriff's Office||Mio||Michigan 48647||39 miles|
|Presque Isle County Sheriff's Office||Rogers||Michigan 49779||41 miles|
|Iosco County Sheriff's Office||Tawas||Michigan 48763||44 miles|
|Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office||West Branch||Michigan 48661||59 miles|
|Otsego County Sheriff's Office||Gaylord||Michigan 49735||62 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||64 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Grayling||Michigan 49738||65 miles|
|Arenac County Sheriff's Office||Standish||Michigan 48658||68 miles|
|Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office||Cheboygan||Michigan 49721||72 miles|
|Huron County Sheriff's Office||Bad Axe||Michigan 48413||78 miles|
|Emmet County Sheriff's Office||Petoskey||Michigan 49770||82 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||82 miles|
|Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||87 miles|
|Oceana County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||87 miles|
|Antrim County Sheriff's Office||Bellaire||Michigan 49615||87 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||91 miles|
|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708||92 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.