|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Lyndon||Kansas 66451||19 miles|
|Wabaunsee County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Kansas 66401||23 miles|
|Shawnee County Sheriff's Office||Topeka||Kansas 66603||24 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Emporia||Kansas 66801||29 miles|
|Morris County Sheriff's Office||Council Grove||Kansas 66846||30 miles|
|Coffey County Sheriff's Office||New Strawn||Kansas 66839||38 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Ottawa||Kansas 66067||39 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Lawrence||Kansas 66044||41 miles|
|Chase County Sheriff||Cottonwood Falls||Kansas 66845||43 miles|
|Riley County Sheriff's Office||Manhattan||Kansas 66502||43 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Oskaloosa||Kansas 66066||45 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.