|Humboldt County Sheriff's Office||Winnemucca||Nevada 89445|
|Lander County Sheriff's Office||Battle Mountain||Nevada 89820||82 miles|
|Pershing County Sheriff's Office||Lovelock||Nevada 89419||87 miles|
|Modoc County Sheriff's Office||Alturas||California 96101||125 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Lakeview||Oregon 97630||127 miles|
|Elko County Sheriff's Office||Elko||Nevada 89801||129 miles|
|Churchill County Sheriff's Office||Fallon||Nevada 89406||138 miles|
|Owyhee County Sheriff's Office||Murphy||Idaho 83650||148 miles|
|Lassen County Administration Officer||Susanville||California 96130||149 miles|
|Washoe County Sheriff's Office||Reno||Nevada 89512||155 miles|
|Harney County Sheriff's Office||Burns||Oregon 97720||158 miles|
|Storey County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Nevada 89440||166 miles|
|Canyon County Sheriff's Office||Caldwell||Idaho 83605||172 miles|
|Elmore County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Idaho 83647||173 miles|
|Eureka County Sheriff's Office||Eureka||Nevada 89316||173 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Yerington||Nevada 89447||175 miles|
|Carson City County Sheriff's Office||Carson City||Nevada 89701||178 miles|
|Ada County Sheriff's Office||Boise||Idaho 83704||179 miles|
|Plumas County Sheriff's Office||Quincy||California 95971||179 miles|
|Malheur County Sheriff's Office||Vale||Oregon 97918||183 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.