|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Kennewick||Washington 99336|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Pasco||Washington 99301||20 miles|
|Umatilla County Sheriff's Office||Pendleton||Oregon 97801||50 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||52 miles|
|Walla Walla County Sheriff||Walla Walla||Washington 99362||57 miles|
|Morrow County Sheriff's Office||Heppner||Oregon 97836||60 miles|
|Klickitat County Sheriff's Office||Goldendale||Washington 98620||69 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||72 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Washington 99328||74 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||76 miles|
|Gilliam County Sheriff's Office||Condon||Oregon 97823||76 miles|
|Sherman County Sheriff's Office||Moro||Oregon 97039||78 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||82 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||89 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||91 miles|
|Wasco County Sheriff's Office||The Dalles||Oregon 97058||91 miles|
|Wheeler County Sheriff's Office||Fossil||Oregon 97830||91 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||La Grande||Oregon 97850||93 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Washington 99347||93 miles|
|Hood River County Sheriff's Office||Hood River||Oregon 97031||102 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.