|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Nebraska 68920||9 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Holdrege||Nebraska 68949||16 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Nebraska 68939||20 miles|
|Kearney County Sheriff's Office||Minden||Nebraska 68959||26 miles|
|Furnas County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Nebraska 68926||29 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Phillipsburg||Kansas 67661||31 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Kearney||Nebraska 68847||35 miles|
|Gosper County Sheriff's Office||Elwood||Nebraska 68937||40 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Smith Center||Kansas 66967||40 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Kansas 67654||41 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Red Cloud||Nebraska 68970||41 miles|
|Dawson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Nebraska 68850||46 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.