|Marathon County Sheriff's Office||Wausau||Wisconsin 54403|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Merrill||Wisconsin 54452||20 miles|
|Portage County Sheriff's Office||Stevens Point||Wisconsin 54481||27 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Medford||Wisconsin 54451||33 miles|
|Langlade County Sheriff's Office||Antigo||Wisconsin 54409||34 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Wisconsin Rapids||Wisconsin 54494||35 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Neillsville||Wisconsin 54456||47 miles|
|Waupaca County Sheriff's Office||Waupaca||Wisconsin 54981||51 miles|
|Oneida County Sheriff||Rhinelander||Wisconsin 54501||55 miles|
|Shawano County Sheriff's Office||Shawano||Wisconsin 54166||57 miles|
|Menominee County Sheriff's Office||Keshena||Wisconsin 54135||57 miles|
|Waushara County Jail||Wautoma||Wisconsin 54982||62 miles|
|Forest County Sheriff's Office||Crandon||Wisconsin 54520||62 miles|
|Price County Sheriff's Office||Phillips||Wisconsin 54555||63 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Friendship||Wisconsin 53934||64 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Black River Falls||Wisconsin 54615||68 miles|
|Vilas County Sheriff's Office||Eagle River||Wisconsin 54521||75 miles|
|Rusk County Sheriff's Office||Ladysmith||Wisconsin 54848||76 miles|
|Juneau County Sheriff's Office||Mauston||Wisconsin 53948||78 miles|
|Marquette County Sheriff's Office||Montello||Wisconsin 53949||79 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.