|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||18 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||18 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||40 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||50 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||61 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||66 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||70 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||73 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||84 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||98 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||107 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||111 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||112 miles|
|Mckinley County Sheriff's Office||Gallup||New Mexico 87301||120 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||136 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||144 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||145 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||151 miles|
|Catron County Sheriff||Reserve||New Mexico 87830||151 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.