|Coal County Sheriff's Office||Coalgate||Oklahoma 74538|
|Atoka County Sheriff's Office||Atoka||Oklahoma 74525||16 miles|
|Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office||Ada||Oklahoma 74820||26 miles|
|Johnston County Jail||Tishomingo||Oklahoma 73460||33 miles|
|Hughes County Sheriff's Office||Holdenville||Oklahoma 74848||35 miles|
|Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office||McAlester||Oklahoma 74501||38 miles|
|Murray County Sheriff's Office||Sulphur||Oklahoma 73086||40 miles|
|Bryan County Sheriff's Office||Durant||Oklahoma 74701||41 miles|
|Seminole County Sheriff's Office||Wewoka||Oklahoma 74884||41 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff Office||Madill||Oklahoma 73446||44 miles|
|Pushmataha Sheriff Office||Antlers||Oklahoma 74523||45 miles|
|Garvin County Sheriff's Office||Pauls Valley||Oklahoma 73075||54 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Ardmore||Oklahoma 73401||56 miles|
|Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office||Okemah||Oklahoma 74859||59 miles|
|Choctaw County Sheriff's Office||Hugo||Oklahoma 74743||60 miles|
|Latimer County Sheriff's Office||Wilburton||Oklahoma 74578||60 miles|
|Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office||Shawnee||Oklahoma 74801||63 miles|
|Mcintosh County Sheriff's Office||Eufaula||Oklahoma 74432||63 miles|
|Love County Sheriff's Office||Marietta||Oklahoma 73448||65 miles|
|Mcclain County Sheriff's Office||Purcell||Oklahoma 73080||68 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.