|Dakota County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Minnesota 55033|
|Ramsey County Sheriff's Office||St. Paul||Minnesota 55101||20 miles|
|Hennepin County Sheriff's Office||Minneapolis||Minnesota 55415||23 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Shakopee||Minnesota 55379||24 miles|
|Goodhue County Sheriff's Office||Red Wing||Minnesota 55066||27 miles|
|St Croix County Sheriff's Office||Hudson||Wisconsin 54016||27 miles|
|Carver County Sheriff's Office||Chaska||Minnesota 55318||27 miles|
|Rice County Sheriff's Office||Faribault||Minnesota 55021||28 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Stillwater||Minnesota 55082||28 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Wisconsin 54011||29 miles|
|Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department||Le Center||Minnesota 56057||38 miles|
|Anoka County Sheriff's Office||Anoka||Minnesota 55303||40 miles|
|Steele County Sheriff's Office||Owatonna||Minnesota 55060||41 miles|
|507-Dodge County Sheriff's Office||Mantorville||Minnesota 55955||44 miles|
|Waseca County Sheriff||Waseca||Minnesota 56093||46 miles|
|Nicollet County Sheriff's Office||St. Peter||Minnesota 56082||50 miles|
|Sherburne County Sheriff's Office||Elk River||Minnesota 55330||52 miles|
|Chisago County Sheriff's Office||Center||Minnesota 55012||52 miles|
|Mcleod County Sheriff's Office||Glencoe||Minnesota 55336||54 miles|
|Olmsted County Sheriff's Office||Rochester||Minnesota 55904||54 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.