|Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office||Jennings||Louisiana 70546|
|Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office||Lake Charles||Louisiana 70615||20 miles|
|Allen Parish Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Louisiana 70655||24 miles|
|Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office||Crowley||Louisiana 70526||25 miles|
|Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office||Ville Platte||Louisiana 70586||43 miles|
|Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office||Abbeville||Louisiana 70510||46 miles|
|St Landry Parish Sheriff's Office||Opelousas||Louisiana 70570||47 miles|
|Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Louisiana 70501||48 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||49 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Texas 77630||56 miles|
|St Martin Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Martinville||Louisiana 70582||60 miles|
|Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office||New Iberia||Louisiana 70560||62 miles|
|Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office||Cameron||Louisiana 70631||63 miles|
|Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office||Leesville||Louisiana 71446||66 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Newton||Texas 75966||69 miles|
|Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office||Marksville||Louisiana 71351||73 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||74 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Beaumont||Texas 77701||77 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Texas 75951||83 miles|
|St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Louisiana 70538||85 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.