|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Beaumont||Texas 77701|
|Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office||Cameron||Louisiana 70631||27 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Texas 77630||30 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||Anahuac||Texas 77514||33 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Kountze||Texas 77625||37 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Texas 77575||41 miles|
|Galveston County Sheriff's Office||Galveston||Texas 77551||56 miles|
|Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office||Lake Charles||Louisiana 70615||66 miles|
|Tyler County Sheriff's Office||Woodville||Texas 75979||66 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Newton||Texas 75966||72 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Texas 77002||73 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Texas 75951||75 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Texas 77351||76 miles|
|San Jacinto County Sheriff||Coldspring||Texas 77331||78 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Conroe||Texas 77301||85 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||85 miles|
|Brazoria County Sheriff's Office||Angleton||Texas 77515||87 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office||Jennings||Louisiana 70546||93 miles|
|Allen Parish Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Louisiana 70655||98 miles|
|Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Texas 77469||98 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.