|Pitkin County Sheriff's Office||Aspen||Colorado 81611|
|Eagle County Sheriff's Office||Eagle||Colorado 81631||31 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood Springs||Colorado 81601||32 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Leadville||Colorado 80461||33 miles|
|Gunnison County Sheriff's Office||Gunnison||Colorado 81230||47 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Fairplay||Colorado 80440||50 miles|
|Summit County Sheriff's Office||Breckenridge||Colorado 80424||50 miles|
|Chaffee County Sheriff||Salida||Colorado 81201||68 miles|
|Delta County Sheriff's Office||Delta||Colorado 81416||71 miles|
|Montrose County Sheriff's Office||Montrose||Colorado 81401||73 miles|
|Grand County Sheriff's Office||Hot Sulphur Springs||Colorado 80451||73 miles|
|Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Colorado 80444||73 miles|
|Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office||Meeker||Colorado 81641||78 miles|
|Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office||Lake City||Colorado 81235||85 miles|
|Gilpin County Sheriff's Office||Black Hawk||Colorado 80422||88 miles|
|Saguache County Sheriff's Office||Saguache||Colorado 81149||89 miles|
|Routt County Sheriff's Office||Steamboat Springs||Colorado 80487||89 miles|
|Mesa County Sheriff's Office||Grand Junction||Colorado 81501||89 miles|
|Ouray County Sheriff's Office||Ouray||Colorado 81427||92 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||94 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.