|Hays County Sheriff's Office||San Marcos||Texas 78666|
|Blanco County Sheriff's Office||Johnson||Texas 78636||23 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff||Lockhart||Texas 78644||26 miles|
|Travis County Sheriff's Office||Austin||Texas 78751||26 miles|
|Comal County Sheriff's Office||New Braunfels||Texas 78130||27 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Seguin||Texas 78155||32 miles|
|Burnet County Sheriff's Office||Marble Falls||Texas 78654||37 miles|
|Bastrop County Sheriff's Office||Bastrop||Texas 78602||43 miles|
|Williamson County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Texas 78626||45 miles|
|Kendall County Sheriff's Office||Boerne||Texas 78006||45 miles|
|Gillespie County Sheriff's Office||Fredericksburg||Texas 78624||51 miles|
|Gonzales County Sheriff's Office||Gonzales||Texas 78629||52 miles|
|Bexar County Sheriff Office||San Antonio||Texas 78207||52 miles|
|Llano County Sheriff's Office||Llano||Texas 78643||61 miles|
|Wilson County: Sheriff's Department||Floresville||Texas 78114||64 miles|
|Bandera County Sheriff's Office||Bandera||Texas 78003||65 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Giddings||Texas 78942||65 miles|
|Kerr County Sheriff's Office||Kerrville||Texas 78028||66 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||La Grange||Texas 78945||69 miles|
|Lampasas County Sheriff's Office||Lampasas||Texas 76550||70 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.