|Kern County Sheriff's Office||Bakersfield||California 93308|
|Ventura County Sheriff's Office||Camarillo||California 93010||81 miles|
|Kings County Sheriff's Office||Hanford||California 93230||86 miles|
|Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office||Santa Barbara||California 93110||86 miles|
|Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office||Altadena||California 91001||87 miles|
|Inyo County Sheriff's Office||Independence||California 93526||105 miles|
|San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office||San Luis Obispo||California 93405||113 miles|
|Fresno County Sheriff's Office||Fresno||California 93721||113 miles|
|San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office||San Bernardino||California 92408||119 miles|
|Riverside County Sheriff's Office||Riverside||California 92501||122 miles|
|Madera County Sheriff's Office||Madera||California 93637||134 miles|
|Mariposa County Sheriff's Office||Mariposa||California 95338||163 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||167 miles|
|Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office||Goldfield||Nevada 89013||183 miles|
|San Benito County Sheriff's Office||Hollister||California 95023||183 miles|
|Monterey County Sheriff's Office||Salinas||California 93906||187 miles|
|San Diego County Sheriff's Office||San Diego||California 92193||197 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||199 miles|
|Sheriff Office-Finance||Bridgeport||California 93517||203 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||204 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.