|Marquette County Sheriff's Office||Montello||Wisconsin 53949|
|Waushara County Jail||Wautoma||Wisconsin 54982||18 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Portage||Wisconsin 53901||20 miles|
|Green Lake County Sheriff's Office||Green Lake||Wisconsin 54941||22 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Friendship||Wisconsin 53934||23 miles|
|Sauk County Sheriff's Office||Baraboo||Wisconsin 53913||31 miles|
|Juneau County Sheriff's Office||Mauston||Wisconsin 53948||33 miles|
|Waupaca County Sheriff's Office||Waupaca||Wisconsin 54981||40 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Wisconsin Rapids||Wisconsin 54494||44 miles|
|Dodge County Sheriff's Office||Juneau||Wisconsin 53039||46 miles|
|Winnebago County Sheriff's Office||Oshkosh||Wisconsin 54901||46 miles|
|Fond Du Lac County Sheriff's Office||Fond du Lac||Wisconsin 54935||48 miles|
|Portage County Sheriff's Office||Stevens Point||Wisconsin 54481||49 miles|
|Dane County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Wisconsin 53703||52 miles|
|Outagamie County Sheriff's Office||Appleton||Wisconsin 54911||58 miles|
|Richland County Sheriff's Office||Richland Center||Wisconsin 53581||60 miles|
|Calumet County Sheriff's Office||Chilton||Wisconsin 53014||63 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Wisconsin 53549||64 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||West Bend||Wisconsin 53090||68 miles|
|Iowa County Sheriff's Office||Dodgeville||Wisconsin 53533||69 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.