|Juneau County Sheriff's Office||Mauston||Wisconsin 53948|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Friendship||Wisconsin 53934||15 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Wisconsin 54656||35 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Wisconsin Rapids||Wisconsin 54494||35 miles|
|Sauk County Sheriff's Office||Baraboo||Wisconsin 53913||37 miles|
|Marquette County Sheriff's Office||Montello||Wisconsin 53949||40 miles|
|Waushara County Jail||Wautoma||Wisconsin 54982||42 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Portage||Wisconsin 53901||43 miles|
|Richland County Sheriff's Office||Richland Center||Wisconsin 53581||44 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Black River Falls||Wisconsin 54615||44 miles|
|Vernon County Sheriff's Office||Viroqua||Wisconsin 54665||46 miles|
|Portage County Sheriff's Office||Stevens Point||Wisconsin 54481||48 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Neillsville||Wisconsin 54456||49 miles|
|La Crosse County Sheriff's Office||La Crosse||Wisconsin 54601||57 miles|
|Green Lake County Sheriff's Office||Green Lake||Wisconsin 54941||58 miles|
|Waupaca County Sheriff's Office||Waupaca||Wisconsin 54981||59 miles|
|Iowa County Sheriff's Office||Dodgeville||Wisconsin 53533||66 miles|
|Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office||Whitehall||Wisconsin 54773||67 miles|
|Dane County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Wisconsin 53703||70 miles|
|Houston County Economic Development Authority||Caledonia||Minnesota 55921||72 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.