|Baxter County Sheriff's Office||Mountain Home||Arkansas 72653||18 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Arkansas 72601||20 miles|
|Searcy County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Arkansas 72650||25 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||27 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Arkansas 72641||33 miles|
|Taney County Sheriffs Office||Forsyth||Missouri 65653||38 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Mountain View||Arkansas 72560||42 miles|
|Izard County Sheriff's Office||Melbourne||Arkansas 72556||45 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||47 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||48 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Berryville||Arkansas 72616||49 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Arkansas 72031||50 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||56 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Missouri 65656||57 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721||60 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||60 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Arkansas 72740||60 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Arkansas 72740||60 miles|
|Cleburne County Sheriff's Office||Heber Springs||Arkansas 72543||65 miles|
|Independence County Sheriff's Office||Batesville||Arkansas 72501||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.