|Decatur County Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Kansas 67749|
|Sheridan County Sheriff's Office||Hoxie||Kansas 67740||30 miles|
|Red Willow County Sheriff's Office||McCook||Nebraska 69001||30 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Kansas 67654||30 miles|
|Rawlins County Sheriff's Office||Atwood||Kansas 67730||31 miles|
|Hitchcock County Sheriff's Office||Trenton||Nebraska 69044||40 miles|
|Thomas County Sheriff's Office||Colby||Kansas 67701||41 miles|
|Furnas County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Nebraska 68926||42 miles|
|Graham County Sheriff's Office||Hill||Kansas 67642||44 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Oakley||Kansas 67748||50 miles|
|Gove County Sheriff's Office||Gove||Kansas 67736||57 miles|
|Hayes County Sheriff's Office||Hayes Center||Nebraska 69032||58 miles|
|Frontier County Sheriff's Office||Curtis||Nebraska 69025||59 miles|
|Dundy County Sheriff's Office||Benkelman||Nebraska 69021||60 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Phillipsburg||Kansas 67661||60 miles|
|Trego County Sheriff's Office||WaKeeney||Kansas 67672||61 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Nebraska 68920||62 miles|
|Gosper County Sheriff's Office||Elwood||Nebraska 68937||64 miles|
|Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office||St. Francis||Kansas 67756||71 miles|
|Sherman County Sheriff's Office||Goodland||Kansas 67735||73 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.