|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||32 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||33 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||34 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||36 miles|
|Saguache County Sheriff's Office||Saguache||Colorado 81149||45 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||60 miles|
|Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office||Lake City||Colorado 81235||60 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Silverton||Colorado 81433||70 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Westcliffe||Colorado 81252||70 miles|
|Ouray County Sheriff's Office||Ouray||Colorado 81427||76 miles|
|Chaffee County Sheriff||Salida||Colorado 81201||77 miles|
|Gunnison County Sheriff's Office||Gunnison||Colorado 81230||77 miles|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||80 miles|
|San Miguel County Sheriff's Office||Telluride||Colorado 81435||85 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||89 miles|
|Huerfano County Sheriff's Office||Walsenburg||Colorado 81089||92 miles|
|Fremont County Sheriff's Office||Cañon||Colorado 81212||96 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||98 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||104 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.