|Pettis County Sheriff's Office||Sedalia||Missouri 65301|
|Saline County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Missouri 65340||27 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||32 miles|
|Cooper County Sheriff's Office||Boonville||Missouri 65233||34 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Centerview||Missouri 64019||34 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Missouri 64735||36 miles|
|Moniteau County Sheriff's Office||California||Missouri 65018||39 miles|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Missouri 65248||43 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff Department||Carrollton||Missouri 64633||45 miles|
|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Missouri 64067||45 miles|
|Ray County Sheriff||Henrietta||Missouri 64036||50 miles|
|Chariton County Sheriff's Office||Keytesville||Missouri 65261||52 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Osceola||Missouri 64776||52 miles|
|Hickory County Sheriff's Office||Hermitage||Missouri 65668||54 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||56 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Missouri 65202||56 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||58 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonville||Missouri 64701||59 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Lee's Summit||Missouri 64064||59 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||61 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.