|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Texas 77351|
|San Jacinto County Sheriff||Coldspring||Texas 77331||22 miles|
|Tyler County Sheriff's Office||Woodville||Texas 75979||25 miles|
|Trinity County Sheriff's Office||Groveton||Texas 75845||25 miles|
|Angelina County Sheriff's Office||Lufkin||Texas 75902||38 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Kountze||Texas 77625||42 miles|
|Walker County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Texas 77320||44 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Conroe||Texas 77301||48 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Texas 77575||50 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Texas 75951||51 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Crockett||Texas 75835||52 miles|
|Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office||Nacogdoches||Texas 75964||58 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madisonville||Texas 77864||64 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Newton||Texas 75966||64 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Beaumont||Texas 77701||66 miles|
|San Augustine County Sheriff's Office||San Augustine||Texas 75972||67 miles|
|Sabine County Sheriff's Office||Hemphill||Texas 75948||70 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||Anahuac||Texas 77514||71 miles|
|Grimes County Sheriff's Department||Anderson||Texas 77830||71 miles|
|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Rusk||Texas 75785||73 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.