|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||22 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||23 miles|
|La Salle Parish Sheriff's Department||Jena||Louisiana 71342||26 miles|
|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457||33 miles|
|Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office||Marksville||Louisiana 71351||44 miles|
|Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesville||Louisiana 71343||45 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||45 miles|
|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251||45 miles|
|Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office||Leesville||Louisiana 71446||52 miles|
|Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office||Many||Louisiana 71449||54 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||54 miles|
|Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||Louisiana 71295||63 miles|
|Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office||Ruston||Louisiana 71270||64 miles|
|Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office||Ville Platte||Louisiana 70586||65 miles|
|Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office||Vidalia||Louisiana 71373||67 miles|
|Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Louisiana 71201||67 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||68 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's office||Natchez||Mississippi 39120||68 miles|
|Allen Parish Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Louisiana 70655||69 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.