|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||24 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||25 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||27 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||29 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706||29 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||41 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||42 miles|
|Hickory County Sheriff's Office||Hermitage||Missouri 65668||45 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Missouri 65613||45 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Missouri 65802||49 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||49 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||49 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||51 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||55 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721||56 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||58 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Stockton||Missouri 65785||66 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Osceola||Missouri 64776||66 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||67 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.