|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||Carlsbad||New Mexico 88220|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||65 miles|
|Lea County Sheriff's Office||Lovington||New Mexico 88260||65 miles|
|Loving County Sheriff's Office||Mentone||Texas 79754||66 miles|
|Winkler County Sheriff's Office||Kermit||Texas 79745||83 miles|
|Reeves County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||86 miles|
|Pecos County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||87 miles|
|Yoakum County Sheriff's Office||Denver City||Texas 79323||93 miles|
|Gaines County Sheriff's Office||Seminole||Texas 79360||99 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||102 miles|
|Ward County Sheriff's Office||Monahans||Texas 79756||102 miles|
|Culberson County Sheriff's Office||Van Horn||Texas 79855||102 miles|
|Andrews County Sheriff's Office||Andrews||Texas 79714||103 miles|
|Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office||Sierra Blanca||Texas 79851||108 miles|
|Ector County Sheriff's Office||Odessa||Texas 79760||122 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||122 miles|
|El Paso County Sheriff's Office||El Paso||Texas 79938||123 miles|
|Cochran County Sheriff's Office||Morton||Texas 79346||125 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||128 miles|
|Terry County Sheriff's Office||Brownfield||Texas 79316||129 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.