|Oakland County Sheriff's Office||Pontiac||Michigan 48341|
|Macomb County Sheriff's Office||Mount Clemens||Michigan 48043||25 miles|
|Lapeer County Sheriff's Office||Lapeer||Michigan 48446||26 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Detroit||Michigan 48201||27 miles|
|Genesee County Sheriff's Office||Flint||Michigan 48502||29 miles|
|Livingston County Sheriff's Office||Howell||Michigan 48843||29 miles|
|Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office||Ann Arbor||Michigan 48105||32 miles|
|Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office||Corunna||Michigan 48817||43 miles|
|St Clair County Central Dispatch||Port Huron||Michigan 48060||50 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Michigan 48161||52 miles|
|Ingham County Sheriff's Office||Mason||Michigan 48854||56 miles|
|Tuscola County Sheriff||Caro||Michigan 48723||57 miles|
|Sanilac County Sheriff's Office||Sandusky||Michigan 48471||60 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Michigan 49201||60 miles|
|Saginaw County Sheriff's Office||Saginaw||Michigan 48602||60 miles|
|Lenawee County Sheriff's Office||Adrian||Michigan 49221||62 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Michigan 48879||63 miles|
|Bay County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Michigan 48708||70 miles|
|Lucas County Sheriff's Office||Toledo||Ohio 43604||70 miles|
|Eaton County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||Michigan 48813||75 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.