|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||26 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||28 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||31 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||32 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||32 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||42 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||45 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||47 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||47 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||49 miles|
|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640||59 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||61 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||63 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||63 miles|
|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051||64 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||64 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||65 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||66 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||66 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.