|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Reed||Michigan 49677|
|Wexford County Sheriff's Office||Cadillac||Michigan 49601||17 miles|
|Mecosta County Sheriff's Office||Big Rapids||Michigan 49307||22 miles|
|Missaukee County Sheriff's Office||Lake||Michigan 49651||24 miles|
|Clare County Sheriff's Office||Harrison||Michigan 48625||26 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Baldwin||Michigan 49304||27 miles|
|Newaygo County Sheriff's Office||White Cloud||Michigan 49349||38 miles|
|Isabella County Sheriff's Office||Mount Pleasant||Michigan 48858||38 miles|
|Gladwin County Sheriff's Office||Gladwin||Michigan 48624||41 miles|
|Montcalm County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Michigan 48888||50 miles|
|Roscommon County Sheriff's Office||Roscommon||Michigan 48653||50 miles|
|Manistee County Sheriff's Office||Manistee||Michigan 49660||51 miles|
|Kalkaska County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||52 miles|
|Oceana County Sheriff's Office||Kalkaska||Michigan 49646||52 miles|
|Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Traverse||Michigan 49686||54 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Grayling||Michigan 49738||55 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Ludington||Michigan 49431||56 miles|
|Ogemaw County Sheriff's Office||West Branch||Michigan 48661||57 miles|
|Benzie County Sheriff||Beulah||Michigan 49617||58 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Michigan 48640||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.