|Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Traverse||Michigan 49686|
|Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||18 miles|
|Oceana County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||18 miles|
|Leelanau County Sheriff's Office||Suttons Bay||Michigan 49682||20 miles|
|Antrim County Sheriff's Office||Bellaire||Michigan 49615||24 miles|
|Benzie County Sheriff||Beulah||Michigan 49617||27 miles|
|Missaukee County Sheriff's Office||Lake||Michigan 49651||31 miles|
|Wexford County Sheriff's Office||Cadillac||Michigan 49601||34 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Grayling||Michigan 49738||41 miles|
|Charlevoix County Sheriff||Charlevoix||Michigan 49720||43 miles|
|Manistee County Sheriff's Office||Manistee||Michigan 49660||47 miles|
|Otsego County Sheriff's Office||Gaylord||Michigan 49735||48 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||50 miles|
|Emmet County Sheriff's Office||Petoskey||Michigan 49770||54 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Reed||Michigan 49677||58 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Baldwin||Michigan 49304||59 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||61 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Ludington||Michigan 49431||69 miles|
|Oscoda County Sheriff's Office||Mio||Michigan 48647||70 miles|
|Montmorency County Sheriff's Office||Atlanta||Michigan 49709||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.