|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||21 miles|
|Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office||West Branch||Michigan 48661||21 miles|
|Arenac County Sheriff's Office||Standish||Michigan 48658||22 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||27 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||33 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||36 miles|
|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708||37 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||45 miles|
|Oscoda County Sheriff's Office||Mio||Michigan 48647||47 miles|
|Missaukee County Sheriff's Office||Lake||Michigan 49651||47 miles|
|Iosco County Sheriff's Office||Tawas||Michigan 48763||47 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Grayling||Michigan 49738||49 miles|
|Gratiot County Sheriff||Ithaca||Michigan 48847||49 miles|
|Wexford County Sheriff's Office||Cadillac||Michigan 49601||52 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Reed||Michigan 49677||57 miles|
|Mecosta County Sheriff's Office||Big Rapids||Michigan 49307||58 miles|
|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888||59 miles|
|Tuscola County Sheriff||Caro||Michigan 48723||61 miles|
|Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||65 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.