|Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office||Las Cruces||New Mexico 88007|
|El Paso County Sheriff's Office||El Paso||Texas 79938||50 miles|
|Luna County Sheriff's Office||Deming||New Mexico 88030||54 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||60 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||65 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Silver City||New Mexico 88062||89 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||105 miles|
|Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office||Lordsburg||New Mexico 88045||110 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||118 miles|
|Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office||Sierra Blanca||Texas 79851||118 miles|
|Catron County Sheriff||Reserve||New Mexico 87830||146 miles|
|Culberson County Sheriff's Office||Van Horn||Texas 79855||148 miles|
|Greenlee County Sheriff's Office||Clifton||Arizona 85533||151 miles|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||152 miles|
|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||Carlsbad||New Mexico 88220||152 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||169 miles|
|Graham County Sheriff's Office||Safford||Arizona 85546||171 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||172 miles|
|Cochise County Sheriff's Office||Bisbee||Arizona 85603||189 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||189 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.