|Galveston County Sheriff's Office||Galveston||Texas 77551|
|Brazoria County Sheriff's Office||Angleton||Texas 77515||31 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||Anahuac||Texas 77514||39 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Texas 77002||46 miles|
|Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Texas 77469||57 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Texas 77575||58 miles|
|Matagorda County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Texas 77414||67 miles|
|Sheriff Department||Wharton||Texas 77488||73 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Beaumont||Texas 77701||76 miles|
|Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office||Cameron||Louisiana 70631||82 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Conroe||Texas 77301||83 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Kountze||Texas 77625||86 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Texas 77630||91 miles|
|Waller County Sheriff's Department||Hempstead||Texas 77445||93 miles|
|San Jacinto County Sheriff||Coldspring||Texas 77331||95 miles|
|Austin County Sheriff Office||Bellville||Texas 77418||96 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Texas 77351||103 miles|
|Colorado County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Texas 78934||106 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Edna||Texas 77957||107 miles|
|Grimes County Sheriff's Department||Anderson||Texas 77830||109 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.