|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||14 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||20 miles|
|Arenac County Sheriff's Office||Standish||Michigan 48658||20 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||32 miles|
|Tuscola County Sheriff||Caro||Michigan 48723||33 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||40 miles|
|Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office||West Branch||Michigan 48661||42 miles|
|Gratiot County Sheriff||Ithaca||Michigan 48847||42 miles|
|Iosco County Sheriff's Office||Tawas||Michigan 48763||45 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||47 miles|
|Huron County Sheriff's Office||Bad Axe||Michigan 48413||49 miles|
|Genesee County Sheriff's Office||Flint||Michigan 48502||50 miles|
|Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office||Corunna||Michigan 48817||50 miles|
|Lapeer County Sheriff's Office||Lapeer||Michigan 48446||56 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Michigan 48879||56 miles|
|Sanilac County Sheriff's Office||Sandusky||Michigan 48471||61 miles|
|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888||62 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||63 miles|
|Oscoda County Sheriff's Office||Mio||Michigan 48647||66 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.