|Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office||Ruston||Louisiana 71270|
|Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Louisiana 71001||15 miles|
|Union Parish Sheriff's Office||Farmerville||Louisiana 71241||19 miles|
|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251||25 miles|
|Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office||Homer||Louisiana 71040||26 miles|
|Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Louisiana 71201||33 miles|
|Webster Parish Sheriff's Office||Minden||Louisiana 71055||36 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||El Dorado||Arkansas 71730||42 miles|
|Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office||Bastrop||Louisiana 71220||45 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||47 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||48 miles|
|Richland Parish Sheriff's Office||Rayville||Louisiana 71269||53 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||57 miles|
|Columbia County Jail||Magnolia||Arkansas 71753||58 miles|
|Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||Louisiana 71295||63 miles|
|Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office||Benton||Louisiana 71006||63 miles|
|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457||63 miles|
|Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office||Shreveport||Louisiana 71101||64 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Hampton||Arkansas 71744||65 miles|
|Ashley County Sheriff's Office||Hamburg||Arkansas 71646||66 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.