|Independence County Sheriff's Office||Batesville||Arkansas 72501|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Arkansas 72112||18 miles|
|Izard County Sheriff's Office||Melbourne||Arkansas 72556||30 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Mountain View||Arkansas 72560||32 miles|
|Cleburne County Sheriff's Office||Heber Springs||Arkansas 72543||32 miles|
|Woodruff County Sheriff's Office||Augusta||Arkansas 72006||33 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||34 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Searcy||Arkansas 72143||37 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Walnut Ridge||Arkansas 72476||41 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||46 miles|
|Poinsett County Sheriff's Office||Harrisburg||Arkansas 72432||49 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Pocahontas||Arkansas 72455||49 miles|
|Craighead County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Arkansas 72401||50 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Arkansas 72031||51 miles|
|Prairie County Sheriff's Office||Des Arc||Arkansas 72040||53 miles|
|Cross County Sheriff's Office||Wynne||Arkansas 72396||56 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Paragould||Arkansas 72450||61 miles|
|Searcy County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Arkansas 72650||62 miles|
|Baxter County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Arkansas 72653||62 miles|
|St Francis County Sheriff's Office||Forrest||Arkansas 72336||66 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.