|Pope County Sheriff's Office||Glenwood||Minnesota 56334|
|Swift County Sheriff's Office||Benson||Minnesota 56215||20 miles|
|Douglas County Emergency Management||Alexandria||Minnesota 56308||21 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Morris||Minnesota 56267||22 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Elbow Lake||Minnesota 56531||38 miles|
|Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office||Willmar||Minnesota 56201||38 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff||Long Prairie||Minnesota 56347||39 miles|
|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Montevideo||Minnesota 56265||46 miles|
|Big Stone County Sheriff's Office||Ortonville||Minnesota 56278||52 miles|
|Traverse County Sheriff's Office||Wheaton||Minnesota 56296||53 miles|
|Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Minnesota 56256||54 miles|
|Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office||Granite Falls||Minnesota 56241||54 miles|
|Meeker County Sheriff's Office||Litchfield||Minnesota 55355||55 miles|
|Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office||Fergus Falls||Minnesota 56537||56 miles|
|Morrison County Sheriff||Little Falls||Minnesota 56345||59 miles|
|Wadena County Sheriff's Office||Wadena||Minnesota 56482||60 miles|
|Renville County Sheriff||Olivia||Minnesota 56277||61 miles|
|Stearns County Sheriff's Office||St. Cloud||Minnesota 56302||62 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Milbank||South Dakota 57252||63 miles|
|Wilkin County Sheriff's Office||Breckenridge||Minnesota 56520||72 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.