|Goodhue County Sheriff's Office||Red Wing||Minnesota 55066|
|507-Dodge County Sheriff's Office||Mantorville||Minnesota 55955||23 miles|
|Dakota County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Minnesota 55033||24 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Wisconsin 54011||25 miles|
|Rice County Sheriff's Office||Faribault||Minnesota 55021||28 miles|
|Olmsted County Sheriff's Office||Rochester||Minnesota 55904||30 miles|
|Steele County Sheriff's Office||Owatonna||Minnesota 55060||33 miles|
|Wabasha County Sheriff's Office||Wabasha||Minnesota 55981||34 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Wisconsin 54610||40 miles|
|St Croix County Sheriff's Office||Hudson||Wisconsin 54016||40 miles|
|Pepin County Sheriff's Office||Durand||Wisconsin 54736||40 miles|
|Ramsey County Sheriff's Office||St. Paul||Minnesota 55101||42 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Stillwater||Minnesota 55082||44 miles|
|Waseca County Sheriff||Waseca||Minnesota 56093||45 miles|
|Hennepin County Sheriff's Office||Minneapolis||Minnesota 55415||48 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Shakopee||Minnesota 55379||48 miles|
|Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department||Le Center||Minnesota 56057||50 miles|
|Carver County Sheriff's Office||Chaska||Minnesota 55318||51 miles|
|Mower County Sheriff's Office||Austin||Minnesota 55912||53 miles|
|Dunn County Sheriff's Office||Menomonie||Wisconsin 54751||53 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.