|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||52 miles|
|Curry County Sheriff's Office||Clovis||New Mexico 88101||52 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||57 miles|
|Parmer County Sheriff's Office||Farwell||Texas 79325||58 miles|
|Oldham County Sheriff's Office||Vega||Texas 79092||64 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||66 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||67 miles|
|Deaf Smith County Treasurer||Hereford||Texas 79045||68 miles|
|Bailey County Sheriff's Office||Muleshoe||Texas 79347||77 miles|
|Hartley County Sheriff's Office||Channing||Texas 79018||79 miles|
|Castro County Sheriff's Department||Dimmitt||Texas 79027||80 miles|
|Dallam County Sheriff's Office||Dalhart||Texas 79022||88 miles|
|Union County Sheriff||Clayton||New Mexico 88415||95 miles|
|Randall County Sheriff's Office||Amarillo||Texas 79118||95 miles|
|Potter County Sheriff's Office||Amarillo||Texas 79101||97 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Dumas||Texas 79029||103 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||105 miles|
|Cochran County Sheriff's Office||Morton||Texas 79346||105 miles|
|Lamb County Sheriff's Office||Littlefield||Texas 79339||108 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.