|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Foley||Minnesota 56329|
|Stearns County Sheriff's Office||St. Cloud||Minnesota 56302||15 miles|
|Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office||Milaca||Minnesota 56353||18 miles|
|Morrison County Sheriff||Little Falls||Minnesota 56345||26 miles|
|Sherburne County Sheriff's Office||Elk River||Minnesota 55330||33 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Minnesota 55313||35 miles|
|Kanabec County Sheriff's Office||Mora||Minnesota 55051||36 miles|
|Isanti County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Minnesota 55008||39 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff||Long Prairie||Minnesota 56347||45 miles|
|Anoka County Sheriff's Office||Anoka||Minnesota 55303||46 miles|
|Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office||Brainerd||Minnesota 56401||46 miles|
|Meeker County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Minnesota 55355||47 miles|
|Pine County Sheriff's Office||Pine||Minnesota 55063||51 miles|
|Aitkin County Sheriff||Aitkin||Minnesota 56431||59 miles|
|Chisago County Sheriff's Office||Center||Minnesota 55012||61 miles|
|Hennepin County Sheriff's Office||Minneapolis||Minnesota 55415||61 miles|
|Mcleod County Sheriff's Office||Glencoe||Minnesota 55336||65 miles|
|Carver County Sheriff's Office||Chaska||Minnesota 55318||66 miles|
|Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office||Willmar||Minnesota 56201||67 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Shakopee||Minnesota 55379||67 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.