|Brewster County Sheriff's Office||Alpine||Texas 79830|
|Terrell County Sheriff's Office||Sanderson||Texas 79848||56 miles|
|Presidio County Sheriff's Office||Marfa||Texas 79843||58 miles|
|Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office||Fort Davis||Texas 79734||66 miles|
|Pecos County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||111 miles|
|Reeves County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||112 miles|
|Crane County Sheriff's Office||Crane||Texas 79731||122 miles|
|Ward County Sheriff's Office||Monahans||Texas 79756||125 miles|
|Upton County Sheriff's Office||Rankin||Texas 79778||125 miles|
|Culberson County Sheriff's Office||Van Horn||Texas 79855||127 miles|
|Loving County Sheriff's Office||Mentone||Texas 79754||133 miles|
|Crockett County Sheriff's Office||Ozona||Texas 76943||137 miles|
|Winkler County Sheriff's Office||Kermit||Texas 79745||141 miles|
|Reagan County Sheriff's Office||Big Lake||Texas 76932||143 miles|
|Val Verde County Sheriff's Office||Del Rio||Texas 78841||146 miles|
|Ector County Sheriff's Office||Odessa||Texas 79760||153 miles|
|Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office||Sierra Blanca||Texas 79851||157 miles|
|Sutton County Sheriff's Office||Sonora||Texas 76950||164 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Texas 79701||166 miles|
|Kinney County Sheriff's Office||Brackettville||Texas 78832||174 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.