|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Alleghany||California 95910||18 miles|
|Placer County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||California 95603||31 miles|
|El Dorado County Sheriff's Office||Placerville||California 95667||40 miles|
|Yuba County Coroner||Marysville||California 95901||45 miles|
|Plumas County Sheriff's Office||Quincy||California 95971||45 miles|
|Butte County Sheriff's Office||Oroville||California 95965||46 miles|
|Sutter County Sheriff's Office||Yuba||California 95993||48 miles|
|Washoe County Sheriff's Office||Reno||Nevada 89512||55 miles|
|Carson City County Sheriff's Office||Carson City||Nevada 89701||56 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Minden||Nevada 89423||59 miles|
|Storey County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Nevada 89440||60 miles|
|Sacramento County Sheriff's Office||Sacramento||California 95814||63 miles|
|Amador County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||California 95642||65 miles|
|Colusa County Sheriff's Office||Colusa||California 95932||66 miles|
|Alpine County Sheriff's Office||Markleeville||California 96120||68 miles|
|Yolo County Sheriff's Office||Woodland||California 95776||68 miles|
|Lassen County Administration Officer||Susanville||California 96130||78 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||78 miles|
|Glenn County Sheriff's Office||Willows||California 95988||78 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Yerington||Nevada 89447||89 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.