|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Doniphan||Missouri 63935||23 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||27 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||30 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||30 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Poplar Bluff||Missouri 63901||32 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||34 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Pocahontas||Arkansas 72455||48 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||48 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||53 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||56 miles|
|Stoddard County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Missouri 63825||56 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Piggott||Arkansas 72454||57 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||58 miles|
|Bollinger County Sheriff's Office||Marble Hill||Missouri 63764||59 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Walnut Ridge||Arkansas 72476||60 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||62 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||62 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||63 miles|
|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640||63 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.