|Miami County Sheriff's Office||Paola||Kansas 66071||16 miles|
|Linn County Sheriff's Office||Mound||Kansas 66056||17 miles|
|Bates County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Missouri 64730||22 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonville||Missouri 64701||26 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff||Garnett||Kansas 66032||30 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Ottawa||Kansas 66067||34 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Olathe||Kansas 66061||36 miles|
|Bourbon County Sheriff's Office||Fort Scott||Kansas 66701||37 miles|
|Vernon County Sheriff's Office||Nevada||Missouri 64772||42 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Lee's Summit||Missouri 64064||46 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.