|Las Animas County Sheriff's Office||Trinidad||Colorado 81082|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||38 miles|
|Huerfano County Sheriff's Office||Walsenburg||Colorado 81089||46 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||La Junta||Colorado 81050||54 miles|
|Bent County Sheriff's Office||Las Animas||Colorado 81054||61 miles|
|Crowley County Sheriff's Office||Ordway||Colorado 81063||64 miles|
|Pueblo County Sheriff's Office||Pueblo||Colorado 81003||73 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||76 miles|
|Union County Sheriff||Clayton||New Mexico 88415||76 miles|
|Baca County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Colorado 81073||79 miles|
|Cimarron County Sheriff's Office||Boise||Oklahoma 73933||94 miles|
|Prowers County Sheriff's Office||Lamar||Colorado 81052||94 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Westcliffe||Colorado 81252||96 miles|
|Fremont County Sheriff's Office||Cañon||Colorado 81212||100 miles|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||101 miles|
|Kiowa County Sheriff's Office||Eads||Colorado 81036||106 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||106 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||107 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||108 miles|
|El Paso County Sheriff's Office||Colorado Springs||Colorado 80903||113 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.