|Irion County Sheriff's Office||Mertzon||Texas 76941|
|Reagan County Sheriff's Office||Big Lake||Texas 76932||29 miles|
|Tom Green County Sheriff's Office||San Angelo||Texas 76903||34 miles|
|Sterling County Sheriff's Office||Sterling||Texas 76951||37 miles|
|Schleicher County Sheriff's Office||Eldorado||Texas 76936||38 miles|
|Crockett County Sheriff's Office||Ozona||Texas 76943||43 miles|
|Glasscock County Sheriff's Office||Garden City||Texas 79739||49 miles|
|Coke County Sheriff's Office||Robert Lee||Texas 76945||50 miles|
|Sutton County Sheriff's Office||Sonora||Texas 76950||54 miles|
|Upton County Sheriff's Office||Rankin||Texas 79778||57 miles|
|Concho County Sheriff's Office||Paint Rock||Texas 76866||64 miles|
|Runnels County Sheriff's Office||Ballinger||Texas 76821||68 miles|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Big Spring||Texas 79720||72 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Texas 79782||74 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Colorado||Texas 79512||75 miles|
|Menard County Sheriff's Office||Menard||Texas 76859||76 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Texas 79701||80 miles|
|Crane County Sheriff's Office||Crane||Texas 79731||81 miles|
|Nolan County Sheriff's Office||Sweetwater||Texas 79556||87 miles|
|Ector County Sheriff's Office||Odessa||Texas 79760||90 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.