|Bollinger County Sheriff's Office||Marble Hill||Missouri 63764|
|Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Missouri 63755||20 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||22 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||27 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Benton||Missouri 63736||30 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Perryville||Missouri 63775||30 miles|
|Stoddard County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Missouri 63825||30 miles|
|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640||38 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||38 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Illinois 62233||42 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Illinois 62952||42 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Poplar Bluff||Missouri 63901||44 miles|
|Ste Genevieve County Sheriff's Office||Ste. Genevieve||Missouri 63670||45 miles|
|Mississippi County Sheriff||Charleston||Missouri 63834||46 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Murphysboro||Illinois 62966||49 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Mound||Illinois 62963||50 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Cairo||Illinois 62914||51 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||52 miles|
|Ballard County Sheriff's Office||Wickliffe||Kentucky 42087||57 miles|
|New Madrid County Sheriff's Office||New Madrid||Missouri 63869||57 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.