|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888|
|Ionia County Sheriff's Office||Ionia||Michigan 48846||23 miles|
|Gratiot County Sheriff||Ithaca||Michigan 48847||27 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||28 miles|
|Mecosta County Sheriff's Office||Big Rapids||Michigan 49307||31 miles|
|Kent County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Michigan 49503||34 miles|
|Newaygo County Sheriff's Office||White Cloud||Michigan 49349||36 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Michigan 48879||38 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Reed||Michigan 49677||43 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Michigan 49058||47 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||51 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||52 miles|
|Eaton County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||Michigan 48813||53 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Baldwin||Michigan 49304||54 miles|
|Ottawa County Sheriff's Office||West Olive||Michigan 49460||54 miles|
|Muskegon County Sheriff's Office||Muskegon||Michigan 49440||55 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||57 miles|
|Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office||Corunna||Michigan 48817||57 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||60 miles|
|Ingham County Sheriff's Office||Mason||Michigan 48854||60 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.