|Eagle County Sheriff's Office||Eagle||Colorado 81631|
|Pitkin County Sheriff's Office||Aspen||Colorado 81611||31 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Leadville||Colorado 80461||34 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood Springs||Colorado 81601||34 miles|
|Summit County Sheriff's Office||Breckenridge||Colorado 80424||36 miles|
|Grand County Sheriff's Office||Hot Sulphur Springs||Colorado 80451||44 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Fairplay||Colorado 80440||47 miles|
|Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Colorado 80444||53 miles|
|Routt County Sheriff's Office||Steamboat Springs||Colorado 80487||61 miles|
|Gilpin County Sheriff's Office||Black Hawk||Colorado 80422||66 miles|
|Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office||Meeker||Colorado 81641||71 miles|
|Moffat County Sheriff's Office||Craig||Colorado 81625||76 miles|
|Gunnison County Sheriff's Office||Gunnison||Colorado 81230||76 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Walden||Colorado 80480||79 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Golden||Colorado 80401||80 miles|
|Boulder County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Colorado 80301||83 miles|
|Chaffee County Sheriff||Salida||Colorado 81201||84 miles|
|Broomfield County Sheriff's Office||Broomfield||Colorado 80020||89 miles|
|Denver County Sheriff's Office||Denver||Colorado 80202||91 miles|
|Teller County Sheriff's Office||Divide||Colorado 80814||95 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.