|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||30 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||36 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||43 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||65 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||72 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||75 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||77 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||89 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Colville||Washington 99114||99 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||105 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Kennewick||Washington 99336||107 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Pasco||Washington 99301||108 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||118 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||123 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||124 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||126 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Washington 99328||127 miles|
|Skagit County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Washington 98273||131 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Washington 99347||132 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.