|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Gann Valley||South Dakota 57341|
|Brule County Sheriff's Office||Chamberlain||South Dakota 57325||18 miles|
|Jerauld County Sheriff's Office||Wessington Springs||South Dakota 57382||32 miles|
|Lyman County Sheriff's Office||Kennebec||South Dakota 57544||34 miles|
|Hand County Sheriff's Office||Miller||South Dakota 57362||34 miles|
|Hyde County Sheriff's Office||Highmore||South Dakota 57345||35 miles|
|Aurora County Sheriff's Office||Plankinton||South Dakota 57368||42 miles|
|Sanborn County Sheriff's Office||Woonsocket||South Dakota 57385||46 miles|
|Beadle County Sheriff's Office||Huron||South Dakota 57350||53 miles|
|Tripp County Sheriff's Office||Winner||South Dakota 57580||56 miles|
|Hughes County Sheriff's Office||Pierre||South Dakota 57501||60 miles|
|Gregory County Sheriff's Office||Burke||South Dakota 57523||60 miles|
|Stanley County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierre||South Dakota 57532||62 miles|
|Sully County Sheriff's Office||Onida||South Dakota 57564||63 miles|
|Davison County Sheriff's Office||Mitchell||South Dakota 57301||63 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Armour||South Dakota 57313||66 miles|
|Spink County Sheriff's Office||Redfield||South Dakota 57469||67 miles|
|Faulk County Sheriff's Office||Faulkton||South Dakota 57438||68 miles|
|Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office||Lake Andes||South Dakota 57356||70 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff||Murdo||South Dakota 57559||76 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.