|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||23 miles|
|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132||33 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||41 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||46 miles|
|Saguache County Sheriff's Office||Saguache||Colorado 81149||60 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||60 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||65 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Westcliffe||Colorado 81252||75 miles|
|Huerfano County Sheriff's Office||Walsenburg||Colorado 81089||82 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||83 miles|
|Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office||Lake City||Colorado 81235||84 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Silverton||Colorado 81433||91 miles|
|Chaffee County Sheriff||Salida||Colorado 81201||92 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||92 miles|
|Las Animas County Sheriff's Office||Trinidad||Colorado 81082||93 miles|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||94 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||98 miles|
|Ouray County Sheriff's Office||Ouray||Colorado 81427||99 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||99 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.