|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||59 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||63 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||79 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||86 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||87 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||93 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||104 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||111 miles|
|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||Carlsbad||New Mexico 88220||116 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||116 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||121 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||126 miles|
|Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office||Las Cruces||New Mexico 88007||127 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||127 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||131 miles|
|Lea County Sheriff's Office||Lovington||New Mexico 88260||133 miles|
|Curry County Sheriff's Office||Clovis||New Mexico 88101||136 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||140 miles|
|El Paso County Sheriff's Office||El Paso||Texas 79938||141 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.