|Pratt County Sheriff's Office||Pratt||Kansas 67124|
|Stafford County Sheriff's Office||St. John||Kansas 67576||24 miles|
|Barber County Sheriff's Office||Medicine Lodge||Kansas 67104||27 miles|
|Kiowa County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Kansas 67054||30 miles|
|Kingman County Sheriff's Office||Kingman||Kansas 67068||34 miles|
|Comanche County Sheriff's Office||Coldwater||Kansas 67029||41 miles|
|Edwards County Sheriff's Office||Kinsley||Kansas 67547||42 miles|
|Pawnee County Sheriff's Office||Larned||Kansas 67550||42 miles|
|Barton County Sheriff's Office||Great Bend||Kansas 67530||50 miles|
|Harper County Sheriff's Office||Anthony||Kansas 67003||52 miles|
|Reno County Sheriff's Office||Hutchinson||Kansas 67501||52 miles|
|Rice County Sheriff's Office||Lyons||Kansas 67554||57 miles|
|Woods County Sheriff's Office||Alva||Oklahoma 73717||58 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Kansas 67831||65 miles|
|Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office||Cherokee||Oklahoma 73728||65 miles|
|Ford County Sheriff's Office||Dodge||Kansas 67801||68 miles|
|Rush County Sheriff's Office||La Crosse||Kansas 67548||68 miles|
|Hodgeman County Sheriff||Jetmore||Kansas 67854||70 miles|
|Harper County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Oklahoma 73834||75 miles|
|Mcpherson County Sheriff's Office||McPherson||Kansas 67460||76 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.