|Hennepin County Sheriff's Office||Minneapolis||Minnesota 55415|
|Anoka County Sheriff's Office||Anoka||Minnesota 55303||14 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Shakopee||Minnesota 55379||15 miles|
|Carver County Sheriff's Office||Chaska||Minnesota 55318||16 miles|
|Ramsey County Sheriff's Office||St. Paul||Minnesota 55101||19 miles|
|Sherburne County Sheriff's Office||Elk River||Minnesota 55330||22 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Minnesota 55313||24 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Stillwater||Minnesota 55082||33 miles|
|Dakota County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Minnesota 55033||34 miles|
|St Croix County Sheriff's Office||Hudson||Wisconsin 54016||37 miles|
|Mcleod County Sheriff's Office||Glencoe||Minnesota 55336||37 miles|
|Isanti County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Minnesota 55008||40 miles|
|Chisago County Sheriff's Office||Center||Minnesota 55012||42 miles|
|Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department||Le Center||Minnesota 56057||44 miles|
|Sibley County Sheriff's Office||Gaylord||Minnesota 55334||48 miles|
|Stearns County Sheriff's Office||St. Cloud||Minnesota 56302||49 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Foley||Minnesota 56329||50 miles|
|Rice County Sheriff's Office||Faribault||Minnesota 55021||50 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Ellsworth||Wisconsin 54011||52 miles|
|Meeker County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Minnesota 55355||52 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.