|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||18 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||20 miles|
|Callaway County Sheriff’s Office||Fulton||Missouri 65251||27 miles|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||28 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||36 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||36 miles|
|Moniteau County Sheriff's Office||California||Missouri 65018||40 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Missouri 63361||40 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||44 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Missouri 65202||45 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Missouri 63383||45 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||47 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||48 miles|
|Audrain County Sheriff's Office||Mexico||Missouri 65265||49 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||53 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||58 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||59 miles|
|Cooper County Sheriff's Office||Boonville||Missouri 65233||59 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Troy||Missouri 63379||60 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.