|Izard County Sheriff's Office||Melbourne||Arkansas 72556|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Mountain View||Arkansas 72560||19 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||19 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||20 miles|
|Independence County Sheriff's Office||Batesville||Arkansas 72501||28 miles|
|Baxter County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Arkansas 72653||31 miles|
|Cleburne County Sheriff's Office||Heber Springs||Arkansas 72543||43 miles|
|Searcy County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Arkansas 72650||43 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||45 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||45 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Arkansas 72031||47 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Arkansas 72112||49 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||50 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Walnut Ridge||Arkansas 72476||53 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Pocahontas||Arkansas 72455||54 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Searcy||Arkansas 72143||61 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Arkansas 72601||62 miles|
|Woodruff County Sheriff's Office||Augusta||Arkansas 72006||64 miles|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Doniphan||Missouri 63935||70 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Arkansas 72641||71 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.