|San Patricio County Sheriff's Office||Sinton||Texas 78387||8 miles|
|Nueces County Sheriff's Office||Corpus Christi||Texas 78401||15 miles|
|Refugio County Sheriff's Office||Refugio||Texas 78377||31 miles|
|Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office||Alice||Texas 78332||32 miles|
|Bee County Sheriff's Office||Beeville||Texas 78102||33 miles|
|Aransas County Sheriff's Office||Rockport||Texas 78382||33 miles|
|Kleberg County Sheriff's Office||Kingsville||Texas 78363||34 miles|
|Duval County Sheriff's Office||San Diego||Texas 78384||42 miles|
|Live Oak County Sheriff's Office||George West||Texas 78022||42 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.