|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Michigan 48879|
|Gratiot County Sheriff||Ithaca||Michigan 48847||24 miles|
|Ionia County Sheriff's Office||Ionia||Michigan 48846||24 miles|
|Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office||Corunna||Michigan 48817||24 miles|
|Ingham County Sheriff's Office||Mason||Michigan 48854||25 miles|
|Eaton County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||Michigan 48813||29 miles|
|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888||35 miles|
|Livingston County Sheriff's Office||Howell||Michigan 48843||40 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Michigan 49058||42 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||45 miles|
|Genesee County Sheriff's Office||Flint||Michigan 48502||46 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||46 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Michigan 49201||50 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||50 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Michigan 49068||51 miles|
|Kent County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Michigan 49503||53 miles|
|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708||57 miles|
|Lapeer County Sheriff's Office||Lapeer||Michigan 48446||63 miles|
|Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office||Ann Arbor||Michigan 48105||67 miles|
|Oakland County Sheriff's Office||Pontiac||Michigan 48341||67 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.