|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||35 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||59 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||60 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||62 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||74 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||82 miles|
|Skagit County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Washington 98273||88 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||89 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||95 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||96 miles|
|Island County Sheriff's Office||Coupeville||Washington 98239||98 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Port Hadlock||Washington 98339||100 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||102 miles|
|Whatcom County Sheriff's Office||Bellingham||Washington 98225||105 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||116 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||116 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250||120 miles|
|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502||122 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||124 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.