|Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Louisiana 70501|
|St Martin Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Martinville||Louisiana 70582||15 miles|
|Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office||Abbeville||Louisiana 70510||17 miles|
|Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office||Crowley||Louisiana 70526||20 miles|
|Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office||New Iberia||Louisiana 70560||20 miles|
|St Landry Parish Sheriff's Office||Opelousas||Louisiana 70570||23 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office||Jennings||Louisiana 70546||35 miles|
|Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office||Ville Platte||Louisiana 70586||36 miles|
|St Mary Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Louisiana 70538||44 miles|
|Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office||Plaquemine||Louisiana 70764||50 miles|
|Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office||New Roads||Louisiana 70760||50 miles|
|Allen Parish Sheriff's Office||Oberlin||Louisiana 70655||51 miles|
|West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office||Port Allen||Louisiana 70767||54 miles|
|Assumption Parish Sheriff||Pierre Part||Louisiana 70339||54 miles|
|West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Francisville||Louisiana 70775||56 miles|
|Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office||Marksville||Louisiana 71351||63 miles|
|Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office||Lake Charles||Louisiana 70615||64 miles|
|Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office||Donaldsonville||Louisiana 70346||65 miles|
|St. James Parish Sheriff's Civil Division||Convent||Louisiana 70723||76 miles|
|Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office||Woodville||Mississippi 39669||77 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.