|Mckinley County Sheriff's Office||Gallup||New Mexico 87301|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||38 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||87 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||96 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||97 miles|
|Apache County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Arizona 85936||98 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||101 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||111 miles|
|Navajo County Sheriff's Office||Holbrook||Arizona 86025||118 miles|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||119 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||124 miles|
|Montezuma County Sheriff's Office||Cortez||Colorado 81321||124 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||125 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||131 miles|
|Catron County Sheriff||Reserve||New Mexico 87830||133 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||135 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||136 miles|
|Dolores County Sheriff||Dove Creek||Colorado 81324||155 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Silverton||Colorado 81433||157 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||160 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.