|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||41 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||42 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||51 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||53 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||65 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||69 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Kennewick||Washington 99336||70 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Pasco||Washington 99301||70 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||80 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Washington 99328||94 miles|
|Walla Walla County Sheriff||Walla Walla||Washington 99362||96 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||100 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||102 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Washington 99347||102 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||105 miles|
|Umatilla County Sheriff's Office||Pendleton||Oregon 97801||110 miles|
|Klickitat County Sheriff's Office||Goldendale||Washington 98620||116 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Colville||Washington 99114||117 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||128 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.