|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Key West||Florida 33040|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||50 miles|
|Broward County Sheriff's Office||Fort Lauderdale||Florida 33312||72 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||76 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||81 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||84 miles|
|Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office||West Palm Beach||Florida 33406||100 miles|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||103 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||115 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||118 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff’s Office||Stuart||Florida 34994||122 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||131 miles|
|St Lucie County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierce||Florida 34981||132 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||138 miles|
|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230||146 miles|
|Indian River County Sheriff's Office||Vero Beach||Florida 32960||149 miles|
|Manatee County Sheriff's Office||Bradenton||Florida 34205||155 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||170 miles|
|Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office||Tampa||Florida 33605||179 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||184 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.