|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Missouri 65802||18 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Missouri 65656||19 miles|
|Taney County Sheriffs Office||Forsyth||Missouri 65653||20 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706||29 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||29 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Missouri 65712||36 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||42 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Cassville||Missouri 65625||43 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Missouri 65613||46 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||47 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Berryville||Arkansas 72616||47 miles|
|Dade County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Missouri 65661||47 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||49 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Arkansas 72601||56 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||57 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Stockton||Missouri 65785||60 miles|
|Baxter County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Arkansas 72653||62 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Missouri 64836||63 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Neosho||Missouri 64850||66 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.