|Lyman County Sheriff's Office||Kennebec||South Dakota 57544|
|Brule County Sheriff's Office||Chamberlain||South Dakota 57325||26 miles|
|Tripp County Sheriff's Office||Winner||South Dakota 57580||36 miles|
|Hughes County Sheriff's Office||Pierre||South Dakota 57501||40 miles|
|Stanley County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierre||South Dakota 57532||41 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff||Murdo||South Dakota 57559||43 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Gann Valley||South Dakota 57341||44 miles|
|Hyde County Sheriff's Office||Highmore||South Dakota 57345||47 miles|
|Mellette County Sheriff's Office||White River||South Dakota 57579||50 miles|
|Gregory County Sheriff's Office||Burke||South Dakota 57523||56 miles|
|Sully County Sheriff's Office||Onida||South Dakota 57564||57 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff's Office||Mission||South Dakota 57555||58 miles|
|Hand County Sheriff's Office||Miller||South Dakota 57362||60 miles|
|Jerauld County Sheriff's Office||Wessington Springs||South Dakota 57382||65 miles|
|Aurora County Sheriff's Office||Plankinton||South Dakota 57368||69 miles|
|Keya Paha County Sheriff's Office||Springview||Nebraska 68778||74 miles|
|Potter County Sheriff's Office||Gettysburg||South Dakota 57442||77 miles|
|Sanborn County Sheriff's Office||Woonsocket||South Dakota 57385||78 miles|
|Cherry County Sheriff's Office||Valentine||Nebraska 69201||79 miles|
|Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office||Lake Andes||South Dakota 57356||83 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.