|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Rugby||North Dakota 58368|
|Mchenry County Sheriff's Office||Towner||North Dakota 58788||21 miles|
|Benson County Sheriff's Office||Minnewaukan||North Dakota 58351||35 miles|
|Towner County Sheriff||Cando||North Dakota 58324||39 miles|
|Wells County Sheriff's Office||Fessenden||North Dakota 58438||44 miles|
|Rolette County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||North Dakota 58367||45 miles|
|Bottineau County Sheriff's Office||Bottineau||North Dakota 58318||46 miles|
|Ramsey County Sheriff's Office||Devils Lake||North Dakota 58301||51 miles|
|Eddy County Sheriff's Office||New Rockford||North Dakota 58356||55 miles|
|Sheridan County Sheriff's Office||McClusky||North Dakota 58463||57 miles|
|Ward County Sheriff's Office||Minot||North Dakota 58701||61 miles|
|Foster County Sheriff's Office||Carrington||North Dakota 58421||67 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lakota||North Dakota 58344||76 miles|
|Renville County Sheriff's Office||Mohall||North Dakota 58761||79 miles|
|Cavalier County Sheriff's Office||Langdon||North Dakota 58249||82 miles|
|Mclean County Sheriff's Office||Washburn||North Dakota 58577||82 miles|
|Oliver County Sheriff||Center||North Dakota 58530||85 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||North Dakota 58571||92 miles|
|Kidder County Sheriff||Steele||North Dakota 58482||96 miles|
|Griggs County Sheriff||Cooperstown||North Dakota 58425||102 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.