|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||25 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||25 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||29 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||38 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||38 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||41 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff Department||Hillsboro||Missouri 63050||45 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||45 miles|
|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051||46 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||49 miles|
|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640||50 miles|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||52 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||56 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||57 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Missouri 63383||59 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||62 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||63 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||65 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||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.