|Ottawa County Sheriff's Office||West Olive||Michigan 49460|
|Muskegon County Sheriff's Office||Muskegon||Michigan 49440||29 miles|
|Allegan County Sheriff's Office||Allegan||Michigan 49010||50 miles|
|Kent County Sheriff's Office||Grand Rapids||Michigan 49503||52 miles|
|Berrien County Sheriff's Office||St. Joseph||Michigan 49085||58 miles|
|Racine County Sheriff's Office||Racine||Wisconsin 53403||59 miles|
|Newaygo County Sheriff's Office||White Cloud||Michigan 49349||61 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Paw Paw||Michigan 49079||63 miles|
|Kenosha County Sheriff's Office||Kenosha||Wisconsin 53140||64 miles|
|Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office||Milwaukee||Wisconsin 53233||64 miles|
|Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office||Port Washington||Wisconsin 53074||69 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Ludington||Michigan 49431||71 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Hastings||Michigan 49058||72 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Waukegan||Illinois 60085||72 miles|
|Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office||Kalamazoo||Michigan 49048||73 miles|
|Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office||Sheboygan||Wisconsin 53081||77 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Baldwin||Michigan 49304||77 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff||Cassopolis||Michigan 49031||78 miles|
|Mecosta County Sheriff's Office||Big Rapids||Michigan 49307||79 miles|
|Waukesha County Sheriff's Office||Waukesha||Wisconsin 53188||80 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.