|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Minnesota 56258|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Ivanhoe||Minnesota 56142||20 miles|
|Murray County Sheriff's Office||Slayton||Minnesota 56172||30 miles|
|Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office||Granite Falls||Minnesota 56241||31 miles|
|Pipestone County Sheriff's Office||Pipestone||Minnesota 56164||37 miles|
|Redwood County Sheriff's Office||Redwood Falls||Minnesota 56283||37 miles|
|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Montevideo||Minnesota 56265||38 miles|
|Moody County Sheriff's Office||Flandreau||South Dakota 57028||45 miles|
|Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Minnesota 56256||45 miles|
|Brookings County Sheriff's Office||Brookings||South Dakota 57006||47 miles|
|Deuel County Sheriff's Office||Clear Lake||South Dakota 57226||48 miles|
|Renville County Sheriff||Olivia||Minnesota 56277||50 miles|
|Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office||Windom||Minnesota 56101||52 miles|
|Nobles County Sheriff's Office||Worthington||Minnesota 56187||54 miles|
|Rock County Sheriff's Office||Luverne||Minnesota 56156||55 miles|
|Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office||Willmar||Minnesota 56201||61 miles|
|Swift County Sheriff's Office||Benson||Minnesota 56215||64 miles|
|Watonwan County Sheriff's Office||St. James||Minnesota 56081||67 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Milbank||South Dakota 57252||68 miles|
|Big Stone County Sheriff's Office||Ortonville||Minnesota 56278||68 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.