|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Missouri 65202|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Missouri 65248||23 miles|
|Callaway County Sheriff’s Office||Fulton||Missouri 65251||23 miles|
|Cooper County Sheriff's Office||Boonville||Missouri 65233||23 miles|
|Moniteau County Sheriff's Office||California||Missouri 65018||28 miles|
|Audrain County Sheriff's Office||Mexico||Missouri 65265||29 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||30 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Missouri 65259||33 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Missouri 65275||38 miles|
|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051||43 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Missouri 63361||43 miles|
|Chariton County Sheriff's Office||Keytesville||Missouri 65261||46 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||48 miles|
|Saline County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Missouri 65340||50 miles|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||51 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||53 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Macon||Missouri 63552||53 miles|
|Pettis County Sheriff's Office||Sedalia||Missouri 65301||53 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Missouri 63469||58 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||59 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.