|Boulder County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Colorado 80301|
|Gilpin County Sheriff's Office||Black Hawk||Colorado 80422||18 miles|
|Broomfield County Sheriff's Office||Broomfield||Colorado 80020||21 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Golden||Colorado 80401||27 miles|
|Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Colorado 80444||31 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Brighton||Colorado 80601||32 miles|
|Denver County Sheriff's Office||Denver||Colorado 80202||33 miles|
|Grand County Sheriff's Office||Hot Sulphur Springs||Colorado 80451||37 miles|
|Larimer County Sheriff's Office||Fort Collins||Colorado 80525||38 miles|
|Weld County Sheriff's Office||Greeley||Colorado 80631||44 miles|
|Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office||Centennial||Colorado 80112||46 miles|
|Summit County Sheriff's Office||Breckenridge||Colorado 80424||54 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Castle Rock||Colorado 80109||56 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Walden||Colorado 80480||64 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Fairplay||Colorado 80440||68 miles|
|Elbert County Sheriff's Office||Kiowa||Colorado 80117||72 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Leadville||Colorado 80461||75 miles|
|Laramie County Sheriff's Office||Cheyenne||Wyoming 82001||78 miles|
|Teller County Sheriff's Office||Divide||Colorado 80814||81 miles|
|Eagle County Sheriff's Office||Eagle||Colorado 81631||81 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.