|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||15 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||26 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||42 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||55 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||55 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||57 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||59 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||78 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||78 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||91 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||99 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||104 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||104 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||112 miles|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||112 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||116 miles|
|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132||125 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||125 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||130 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.