|El Paso County Sheriff's Office||El Paso||Texas 79938|
|Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office||Las Cruces||New Mexico 88007||50 miles|
|Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office||Sierra Blanca||Texas 79851||66 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||82 miles|
|Luna County Sheriff's Office||Deming||New Mexico 88030||95 miles|
|Culberson County Sheriff's Office||Van Horn||Texas 79855||97 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||112 miles|
|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||Carlsbad||New Mexico 88220||126 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||131 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Silver City||New Mexico 88062||138 miles|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||150 miles|
|Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office||Lordsburg||New Mexico 88045||150 miles|
|Loving County Sheriff's Office||Mentone||Texas 79754||155 miles|
|Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office||Fort Davis||Texas 79734||161 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||163 miles|
|Pecos County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||163 miles|
|Reeves County Sheriff's Office||Pecos||Texas 79772||163 miles|
|Presidio County Sheriff's Office||Marfa||Texas 79843||165 miles|
|Brewster County Sheriff's Office||Alpine||Texas 79830||181 miles|
|Winkler County Sheriff's Office||Kermit||Texas 79745||185 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.