|Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office||Brainerd||Minnesota 56401|
|Aitkin County Sheriff||Aitkin||Minnesota 56431||17 miles|
|Morrison County Sheriff||Little Falls||Minnesota 56345||38 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Walker||Minnesota 56484||48 miles|
|Wadena County Sheriff's Office||Wadena||Minnesota 56482||51 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff||Long Prairie||Minnesota 56347||52 miles|
|Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office||Milaca||Minnesota 56353||55 miles|
|Hubbard County Sheriff's Office||Park Rapids||Minnesota 56470||56 miles|
|Kanabec County Sheriff's Office||Mora||Minnesota 55051||56 miles|
|Itasca County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Minnesota 55744||58 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Foley||Minnesota 56329||58 miles|
|Stearns County Sheriff's Office||St. Cloud||Minnesota 56302||67 miles|
|Pine County Sheriff's Office||Pine||Minnesota 55063||69 miles|
|Douglas County Emergency Management||Alexandria||Minnesota 56308||75 miles|
|Isanti County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Minnesota 55008||76 miles|
|Beltrami County Sheriff's Office||Bemidji||Minnesota 56601||78 miles|
|Carlton County Sheriff's Office||Carlton||Minnesota 55718||81 miles|
|Sherburne County Sheriff's Office||Elk River||Minnesota 55330||85 miles|
|Pope County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood||Minnesota 56334||86 miles|
|Becker County Sheriff's Office||Detroit Lakes||Minnesota 56501||87 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.