|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||27 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||27 miles|
|Yakima County Sheriff's Office||Yakima||Washington 98903||39 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||54 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||84 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||84 miles|
|Klickitat County Sheriff's Office||Goldendale||Washington 98620||90 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||93 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Kennewick||Washington 99336||93 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||96 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Pasco||Washington 99301||97 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||100 miles|
|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502||105 miles|
|Hood River County Sheriff's Office||Hood River||Oregon 97031||106 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||108 miles|
|Wasco County Sheriff's Office||The Dalles||Oregon 97058||108 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Chehalis||Washington 98532||113 miles|
|Sherman County Sheriff's Office||Moro||Oregon 97039||113 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||114 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.