|Jefferson County Sheriff Department||Hillsboro||Missouri 63050|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Waterloo||Illinois 62298||22 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||26 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||28 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Missouri 63105||29 miles|
|Ste Genevieve County Sheriff's Office||Ste. Genevieve||Missouri 63670||33 miles|
|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640||35 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Belleville||Illinois 62220||35 miles|
|St Charles County Sheriff's Office||O'Fallon||Missouri 63366||40 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||46 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Illinois 62233||46 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||48 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Edwardsville||Illinois 62025||50 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||50 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Missouri 63383||50 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Perryville||Missouri 63775||53 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Troy||Missouri 63379||54 miles|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||57 miles|
|Jersey County Sheriff Department||Jerseyville||Illinois 62052||61 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||61 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.