|Monterey County Sheriff's Office||Salinas||California 93906|
|San Benito County Sheriff's Office||Hollister||California 95023||45 miles|
|Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office||Santa Cruz||California 95060||64 miles|
|San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office||San Luis Obispo||California 93405||72 miles|
|Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office||San Jose||California 95110||84 miles|
|Madera County Sheriff's Office||Madera||California 93637||85 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||87 miles|
|Fresno County Sheriff's Office||Fresno||California 93721||91 miles|
|Kings County Sheriff's Office||Hanford||California 93230||92 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||95 miles|
|San Mateo County Sheriff's Office||Redwood||California 94063||100 miles|
|San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office||French Camp||California 95231||114 miles|
|Mariposa County Sheriff's Office||Mariposa||California 95338||114 miles|
|Alameda County Sheriff's Office||Oakland||California 94612||120 miles|
|San Francisco County Sheriff's Office||San Francisco||California 94103||122 miles|
|Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office||Martinez||California 94553||131 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||131 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||138 miles|
|Kern County Sheriff's Office||Bakersfield||California 93308||139 miles|
|Marin County Sheriff's Office||San Rafael||California 94903||140 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.