|Fresno County Sheriff's Office||Fresno||California 93721|
|Madera County Sheriff's Office||Madera||California 93637||27 miles|
|Kings County Sheriff's Office||Hanford||California 93230||30 miles|
|Mariposa County Sheriff's Office||Mariposa||California 95338||53 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||59 miles|
|Inyo County Sheriff's Office||Independence||California 93526||81 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||93 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||94 miles|
|San Benito County Sheriff's Office||Hollister||California 95023||97 miles|
|Kern County Sheriff's Office||Bakersfield||California 93308||99 miles|
|Sheriff Office-Finance||Bridgeport||California 93517||106 miles|
|Monterey County Sheriff's Office||Salinas||California 93906||109 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||112 miles|
|San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office||San Luis Obispo||California 93405||116 miles|
|San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office||French Camp||California 95231||119 miles|
|Amador County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||California 95642||126 miles|
|Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office||San Jose||California 95110||131 miles|
|Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office||Santa Cruz||California 95060||132 miles|
|Alpine County Sheriff's Office||Markleeville||California 96120||134 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Hawthorne||Nevada 89415||134 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.