|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203|
|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||Carlsbad||New Mexico 88220||67 miles|
|Lea County Sheriff's Office||Lovington||New Mexico 88260||71 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||79 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||82 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||83 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||91 miles|
|Yoakum County Sheriff's Office||Denver City||Texas 79323||99 miles|
|Cochran County Sheriff's Office||Morton||Texas 79346||102 miles|
|Curry County Sheriff's Office||Clovis||New Mexico 88101||102 miles|
|Parmer County Sheriff's Office||Farwell||Texas 79325||108 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||109 miles|
|Gaines County Sheriff's Office||Seminole||Texas 79360||115 miles|
|Bailey County Sheriff's Office||Muleshoe||Texas 79347||117 miles|
|Hockley County Sheriff's Office||Levelland||Texas 79336||121 miles|
|Loving County Sheriff's Office||Mentone||Texas 79754||125 miles|
|Terry County Sheriff's Office||Brownfield||Texas 79316||128 miles|
|Lamb County Sheriff's Office||Littlefield||Texas 79339||129 miles|
|Winkler County Sheriff's Office||Kermit||Texas 79745||132 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||132 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.