|Graham County Sheriff's Office||Hill||Kansas 67642|
|Trego County Sheriff's Office||WaKeeney||Kansas 67672||23 miles|
|Sheridan County Sheriff's Office||Hoxie||Kansas 67740||30 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Kansas 67654||33 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Phillipsburg||Kansas 67661||41 miles|
|Gove County Sheriff's Office||Gove||Kansas 67736||42 miles|
|Ellis County Sheriff's Office||Hays||Kansas 67601||44 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Kansas 67749||47 miles|
|Furnas County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Nebraska 68926||54 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Oakley||Kansas 67748||55 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Nebraska 68920||58 miles|
|Thomas County Sheriff's Office||Colby||Kansas 67701||62 miles|
|Ness County Sheriff's Office||Ness||Kansas 67560||62 miles|
|Osborne County Sheriff's Office||Osborne||Kansas 67473||63 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Russell||Kansas 67665||64 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||La Crosse||Kansas 67548||65 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Smith Center||Kansas 66967||65 miles|
|Lane County Sheriff's Office||Dighton||Kansas 67839||68 miles|
|Rawlins County Sheriff's Office||Atwood||Kansas 67730||69 miles|
|Red Willow County Sheriff's Office||McCook||Nebraska 69001||71 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.