|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Lamar||Missouri 64759||16 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Missouri 64836||26 miles|
|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Kansas 66725||26 miles|
|Bourbon County Sheriff's Office||Fort Scott||Kansas 66701||26 miles|
|Vernon County Sheriff's Office||Nevada||Missouri 64772||28 miles|
|Labette County Sheriff's Office||Oswego||Kansas 67356||36 miles|
|Neosho County Sheriff's Office||Erie||Kansas 66733||37 miles|
|Dade County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Missouri 65661||41 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Neosho||Missouri 64850||43 miles|
|Ottawa County Sheriff's Office||Miami||Oklahoma 74354||45 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Stockton||Missouri 65785||45 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.