|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Montevideo||Minnesota 56265|
|Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office||Granite Falls||Minnesota 56241||15 miles|
|Swift County Sheriff's Office||Benson||Minnesota 56215||20 miles|
|Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office||Willmar||Minnesota 56201||24 miles|
|Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Minnesota 56256||31 miles|
|Renville County Sheriff||Olivia||Minnesota 56277||33 miles|
|Redwood County Sheriff's Office||Redwood Falls||Minnesota 56283||40 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Minnesota 56258||42 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Morris||Minnesota 56267||42 miles|
|Pope County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood||Minnesota 56334||44 miles|
|Big Stone County Sheriff's Office||Ortonville||Minnesota 56278||47 miles|
|Meeker County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Minnesota 55355||51 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Ivanhoe||Minnesota 56142||52 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Milbank||South Dakota 57252||54 miles|
|Deuel County Sheriff's Office||Clear Lake||South Dakota 57226||58 miles|
|Douglas County Emergency Management||Alexandria||Minnesota 56308||60 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Elbow Lake||Minnesota 56531||70 miles|
|Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Wheaton||Minnesota 56296||70 miles|
|Mcleod County Sheriff's Office||Glencoe||Minnesota 55336||71 miles|
|Murray County Sheriff's Office||Slayton||Minnesota 56172||73 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.