|Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Louisiana 71001|
|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251||20 miles|
|Webster Parish Sheriff's Office||Minden||Louisiana 71055||24 miles|
|Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office||Ruston||Louisiana 71270||27 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||29 miles|
|Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office||Homer||Louisiana 71040||31 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||37 miles|
|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457||40 miles|
|Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office||Shreveport||Louisiana 71101||43 miles|
|De Soto Parish Sheriff's Office||Mansfield||Louisiana 71052||44 miles|
|Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office||Benton||Louisiana 71006||47 miles|
|Union Parish Sheriff's Office||Farmerville||Louisiana 71241||48 miles|
|Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Louisiana 71201||55 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||59 miles|
|Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office||Many||Louisiana 71449||59 miles|
|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417||60 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||El Dorado||Arkansas 71730||65 miles|
|Columbia County Jail||Magnolia||Arkansas 71753||65 miles|
|La Salle Parish Sheriff's Department||Jena||Louisiana 71342||70 miles|
|Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office||Bastrop||Louisiana 71220||72 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.