|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251|
|Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office||Ruston||Louisiana 71270||16 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||27 miles|
|Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Louisiana 71001||27 miles|
|Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Louisiana 71201||29 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||32 miles|
|Union Parish Sheriff's Office||Farmerville||Louisiana 71241||34 miles|
|Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office||Homer||Louisiana 71040||44 miles|
|Webster Parish Sheriff's Office||Minden||Louisiana 71055||47 miles|
|Richland Parish Sheriff's Office||Rayville||Louisiana 71269||48 miles|
|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457||49 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||50 miles|
|La Salle Parish Sheriff's Department||Jena||Louisiana 71342||50 miles|
|Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office||Bastrop||Louisiana 71220||50 miles|
|Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||Louisiana 71295||50 miles|
|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417||55 miles|
|Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesville||Louisiana 71343||57 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||El Dorado||Arkansas 71730||63 miles|
|De Soto Parish Sheriff's Office||Mansfield||Louisiana 71052||70 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||70 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.