|Broward County Sheriff's Office||Fort Lauderdale||Florida 33312|
|Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office||West Palm Beach||Florida 33406||41 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||59 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff’s Office||Stuart||Florida 34994||69 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||71 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||76 miles|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||80 miles|
|St Lucie County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierce||Florida 34981||82 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||89 miles|
|Indian River County Sheriff's Office||Vero Beach||Florida 32960||102 miles|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||107 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||108 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||111 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||124 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Key West||Florida 33040||137 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||150 miles|
|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230||150 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||153 miles|
|Manatee County Sheriff's Office||Bradenton||Florida 34205||157 miles|
|Brevard County Sheriff's Office||Titusville||Florida 32780||168 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.