|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||West Union||Iowa 52175|
|Clayton County Sheriff's Office||St. Olaf||Iowa 52072||24 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Iowa 50644||27 miles|
|Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office||New Hampton||Iowa 50659||28 miles|
|Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office||Decorah||Iowa 52101||31 miles|
|Delaware County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Iowa 52057||33 miles|
|Bremer County Sheriff's Office||Waverly||Iowa 50677||33 miles|
|Allamakee County Sheriff's Office||Waukon||Iowa 52172||34 miles|
|Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office||Waterloo||Iowa 50703||36 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Prairie du Chien||Wisconsin 53821||37 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Charles||Iowa 50616||45 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Vinton||Iowa 52349||49 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Allison||Iowa 50602||49 miles|
|Houston County Economic Development Authority||Caledonia||Minnesota 55921||56 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Osage||Iowa 50461||57 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff Department||Lancaster||Wisconsin 53813||57 miles|
|Fillmore County Sheriff Office||Preston||Minnesota 55965||58 miles|
|Grundy County Sheriff's Office||Grundy Center||Iowa 50638||59 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Anamosa||Iowa 52205||59 miles|
|Linn County Sheriff's Office||Cedar Rapids||Iowa 52404||62 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.