|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Big Spring||Texas 79720|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Texas 79782||24 miles|
|Glasscock County Sheriff's Office||Garden City||Texas 79739||30 miles|
|Borden County Sheriff's Office||Gail||Texas 79738||32 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Colorado||Texas 79512||34 miles|
|Sterling County Sheriff's Office||Sterling||Texas 76951||42 miles|
|Scurry County Sheriff||Snyder||Texas 79549||42 miles|
|Dawson County Sheriff's Office||Lamesa||Texas 79331||42 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Texas 79701||43 miles|
|Ector County Sheriff's Office||Odessa||Texas 79760||60 miles|
|Nolan County Sheriff's Office||Sweetwater||Texas 79556||61 miles|
|Garza County Sheriff's Office||Post||Texas 79356||62 miles|
|Coke County Sheriff's Office||Robert Lee||Texas 76945||62 miles|
|Lynn County Sheriff's Office||Tahoka||Texas 79373||63 miles|
|Andrews County Sheriff's Office||Andrews||Texas 79714||65 miles|
|Fisher County Sheriff's Office||Roby||Texas 79543||69 miles|
|Gaines County Sheriff's Office||Seminole||Texas 79360||76 miles|
|Reagan County Sheriff's Office||Big Lake||Texas 76932||77 miles|
|Terry County Sheriff's Office||Brownfield||Texas 79316||77 miles|
|Upton County Sheriff's Office||Rankin||Texas 79778||80 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.