|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Missouri 65613|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||17 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Stockton||Missouri 65785||22 miles|
|Hickory County Sheriff's Office||Hermitage||Missouri 65668||23 miles|
|Dade County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Missouri 65661||28 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Missouri 65802||28 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706||33 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Osceola||Missouri 64776||34 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||41 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Missouri 65712||42 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721||43 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||45 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Lamar||Missouri 64759||49 miles|
|Vernon County Sheriff's Office||Nevada||Missouri 64772||55 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||55 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Missouri 64735||56 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Missouri 65656||56 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Missouri 64836||58 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||61 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Missouri 65084||64 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.