|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Baldwin||Michigan 49304|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Reed||Michigan 49677||17 miles|
|Mecosta County Sheriff's Office||Big Rapids||Michigan 49307||27 miles|
|Wexford County Sheriff's Office||Cadillac||Michigan 49601||27 miles|
|Manistee County Sheriff's Office||Manistee||Michigan 49660||30 miles|
|Newaygo County Sheriff's Office||White Cloud||Michigan 49349||30 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Ludington||Michigan 49431||32 miles|
|Missaukee County Sheriff's Office||Lake||Michigan 49651||38 miles|
|Benzie County Sheriff||Beulah||Michigan 49617||46 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||50 miles|
|Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Traverse||Michigan 49686||53 miles|
|Muskegon County Sheriff's Office||Muskegon||Michigan 49440||57 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||58 miles|
|Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||60 miles|
|Oceana County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||60 miles|
|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888||60 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||66 miles|
|Leelanau County Sheriff's Office||Suttons Bay||Michigan 49682||69 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||69 miles|
|Kent County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Michigan 49503||71 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.