|Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office||Eau Claire||Wisconsin 54703|
|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Chippewa Falls||Wisconsin 54729||16 miles|
|Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office||Whitehall||Wisconsin 54773||25 miles|
|Dunn County Sheriff's Office||Menomonie||Wisconsin 54751||31 miles|
|Pepin County Sheriff's Office||Durand||Wisconsin 54736||34 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Neillsville||Wisconsin 54456||36 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Black River Falls||Wisconsin 54615||37 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Wisconsin 54610||41 miles|
|Wabasha County Sheriff's Office||Wabasha||Minnesota 55981||44 miles|
|Winona County Sheriff's Office||Winona||Minnesota 55987||50 miles|
|Rusk County Sheriff's Office||Ladysmith||Wisconsin 54848||52 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Medford||Wisconsin 54451||54 miles|
|Barron County Sheriff's Office||Barron||Wisconsin 54812||55 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Wisconsin 54011||59 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Wisconsin 54656||59 miles|
|Goodhue County Sheriff's Office||Red Wing||Minnesota 55066||62 miles|
|La Crosse County Sheriff's Office||La Crosse||Wisconsin 54601||63 miles|
|St Croix County Sheriff's Office||Hudson||Wisconsin 54016||73 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Balsam Lake||Wisconsin 54810||76 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Wisconsin Rapids||Wisconsin 54494||76 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.