|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||42 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||58 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||63 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||73 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||78 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||82 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||86 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||93 miles|
|Curry County Sheriff's Office||Clovis||New Mexico 88101||95 miles|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||104 miles|
|Parmer County Sheriff's Office||Farwell||Texas 79325||105 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||105 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||106 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||107 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||108 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||111 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||111 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||114 miles|
|Bailey County Sheriff's Office||Muleshoe||Texas 79347||125 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.