|Moniteau County Sheriff's Office||California||Missouri 65018|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||20 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||23 miles|
|Cooper County Sheriff's Office||Boonville||Missouri 65233||25 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||28 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Missouri 65202||30 miles|
|Pettis County Sheriff's Office||Sedalia||Missouri 65301||35 miles|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Missouri 65248||36 miles|
|Callaway County Sheriff’s Office||Fulton||Missouri 65251||38 miles|
|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051||41 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||44 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||46 miles|
|Saline County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Missouri 65340||48 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Missouri 65259||55 miles|
|Audrain County Sheriff's Office||Mexico||Missouri 65265||55 miles|
|Chariton County Sheriff's Office||Keytesville||Missouri 65261||59 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||59 miles|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||62 miles|
|Hickory County Sheriff's Office||Hermitage||Missouri 65668||62 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Missouri 63361||63 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.