|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||21 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||24 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706||34 miles|
|Taney County Sheriffs Office||Forsyth||Missouri 65653||38 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721||38 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||38 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||41 miles|
|Baxter County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Arkansas 72653||42 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Missouri 65802||47 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||52 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Missouri 65656||53 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||55 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||58 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Arkansas 72601||60 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||63 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||65 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||65 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Missouri 65613||67 miles|
|Izard County Sheriff's Office||Melbourne||Arkansas 72556||70 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.