|Broward County Sheriff's Office||Fort Lauderdale||Florida 33312||41 miles|
|Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office||West Palm Beach||Florida 33406||77 miles|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||86 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||92 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||98 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||106 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Key West||Florida 33040||106 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff’s Office||Stuart||Florida 34994||109 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||115 miles|
|St Lucie County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierce||Florida 34981||122 miles|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||130 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||139 miles|
|Indian River County Sheriff's Office||Vero Beach||Florida 32960||142 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||142 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||156 miles|
|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230||174 miles|
|Manatee County Sheriff's Office||Bradenton||Florida 34205||183 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||185 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||191 miles|
|Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office||Tampa||Florida 33605||202 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.