|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||26 miles|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||30 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||32 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||46 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||53 miles|
|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230||68 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||69 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||71 miles|
|Manatee County Sheriff's Office||Bradenton||Florida 34205||77 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||81 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||101 miles|
|Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office||Tampa||Florida 33605||103 miles|
|Pinellas County Sheriff's Office||Largo||Florida 33778||108 miles|
|St Lucie County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierce||Florida 34981||110 miles|
|Broward County Sheriff's Office||Fort Lauderdale||Florida 33312||110 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff’s Office||Stuart||Florida 34994||110 miles|
|Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office||West Palm Beach||Florida 33406||111 miles|
|Indian River County Sheriff's Office||Vero Beach||Florida 32960||118 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||124 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.