|Pershing County Sheriff's Office||Lovelock||Nevada 89419|
|Humboldt County Sheriff's Office||Winnemucca||Nevada 89445||51 miles|
|Churchill County Sheriff's Office||Fallon||Nevada 89406||69 miles|
|Lander County Sheriff's Office||Battle Mountain||Nevada 89820||79 miles|
|Washoe County Sheriff's Office||Reno||Nevada 89512||95 miles|
|Storey County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Nevada 89440||102 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Yerington||Nevada 89447||108 miles|
|Carson City County Sheriff's Office||Carson City||Nevada 89701||114 miles|
|Lassen County Administration Officer||Susanville||California 96130||119 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Minden||Nevada 89423||125 miles|
|Modoc County Sheriff's Office||Alturas||California 96101||133 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Hawthorne||Nevada 89415||133 miles|
|Plumas County Sheriff's Office||Quincy||California 95971||138 miles|
|Elko County Sheriff's Office||Elko||Nevada 89801||141 miles|
|Alpine County Sheriff's Office||Markleeville||California 96120||141 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Alleghany||California 95910||142 miles|
|Eureka County Sheriff's Office||Eureka||Nevada 89316||144 miles|
|Sheriff Office-Finance||Bridgeport||California 93517||157 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Lakeview||Oregon 97630||158 miles|
|Nye County Sheriff's Office||Tonopah||Nevada 89049||174 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.