|Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office||Fergus Falls||Minnesota 56537|
|Wadena County Sheriff's Office||Wadena||Minnesota 56482||27 miles|
|Becker County Sheriff's Office||Detroit Lakes||Minnesota 56501||29 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Elbow Lake||Minnesota 56531||31 miles|
|Douglas County Emergency Management||Alexandria||Minnesota 56308||39 miles|
|Wilkin County Sheriff's Office||Breckenridge||Minnesota 56520||43 miles|
|Richland County Sheriff Office||Wahpeton||North Dakota 58075||44 miles|
|Hubbard County Sheriff's Office||Park Rapids||Minnesota 56470||47 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff||Long Prairie||Minnesota 56347||51 miles|
|Pope County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood||Minnesota 56334||55 miles|
|Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Wheaton||Minnesota 56296||56 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Morris||Minnesota 56267||58 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff’s Office||Moorhead||Minnesota 56560||60 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Fargo||North Dakota 58103||60 miles|
|Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office||Mahnomen||Minnesota 56557||64 miles|
|Morrison County Sheriff||Little Falls||Minnesota 56345||71 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Walker||Minnesota 56484||71 miles|
|Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office||Brainerd||Minnesota 56401||72 miles|
|Norman County Sheriff's Office||Ada||Minnesota 56510||72 miles|
|Swift County Sheriff's Office||Benson||Minnesota 56215||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.