|Alpine County Sheriff's Office||Markleeville||California 96120|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Minden||Nevada 89423||23 miles|
|Carson City County Sheriff's Office||Carson City||Nevada 89701||37 miles|
|Sheriff Office-Finance||Bridgeport||California 93517||40 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Yerington||Nevada 89447||43 miles|
|Storey County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Nevada 89440||48 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||54 miles|
|Amador County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||California 95642||56 miles|
|El Dorado County Sheriff's Office||Placerville||California 95667||56 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||56 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Hawthorne||Nevada 89415||64 miles|
|Washoe County Sheriff's Office||Reno||Nevada 89512||66 miles|
|Placer County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||California 95603||74 miles|
|Mariposa County Sheriff's Office||Mariposa||California 95338||79 miles|
|Churchill County Sheriff's Office||Fallon||Nevada 89406||81 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Alleghany||California 95910||85 miles|
|Sacramento County Sheriff's Office||Sacramento||California 95814||92 miles|
|San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office||French Camp||California 95231||96 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||96 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||98 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.