|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||25 miles|
|Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office||Many||Louisiana 71449||26 miles|
|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417||27 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||29 miles|
|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251||41 miles|
|Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office||Leesville||Louisiana 71446||42 miles|
|De Soto Parish Sheriff's Office||Mansfield||Louisiana 71052||42 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||47 miles|
|Sabine County Sheriff's Office||Hemphill||Texas 75948||53 miles|
|La Salle Parish Sheriff's Department||Jena||Louisiana 71342||56 miles|
|Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Louisiana 71001||57 miles|
|Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office||Ruston||Louisiana 71270||61 miles|
|San Augustine County Sheriff's Office||San Augustine||Texas 75972||62 miles|
|Webster Parish Sheriff's Office||Minden||Louisiana 71055||62 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||63 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||64 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Center||Texas 75935||66 miles|
|Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office||Shreveport||Louisiana 71101||67 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Newton||Texas 75966||73 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.