|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Doniphan||Missouri 63935|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Poplar Bluff||Missouri 63901||26 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||26 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Pocahontas||Arkansas 72455||28 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||29 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||40 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Walnut Ridge||Arkansas 72476||40 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Piggott||Arkansas 72454||42 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Paragould||Arkansas 72450||44 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||44 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||50 miles|
|Dunklin County Sheriff's Office||Kennett||Missouri 63857||53 miles|
|Stoddard County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Missouri 63825||54 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||55 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||56 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||57 miles|
|Craighead County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Arkansas 72401||58 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||67 miles|
|Bollinger County Sheriff's Office||Marble Hill||Missouri 63764||67 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||70 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.