|Runnels County Sheriff's Office||Ballinger||Texas 76821|
|Concho County Sheriff's Office||Paint Rock||Texas 76866||23 miles|
|Coke County Sheriff's Office||Robert Lee||Texas 76945||30 miles|
|Coleman County Sheriff's Office||Coleman||Texas 76834||33 miles|
|Tom Green County Sheriff's Office||San Angelo||Texas 76903||38 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Abilene||Texas 79602||44 miles|
|Nolan County Sheriff's Office||Sweetwater||Texas 79556||50 miles|
|Callahan County Sheriff||Baird||Texas 79504||51 miles|
|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Brownwood||Texas 76801||58 miles|
|Sterling County Sheriff's Office||Sterling||Texas 76951||59 miles|
|Mcculloch County Sheriff's Office||Brady||Texas 76825||62 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Anson||Texas 79501||63 miles|
|Irion County Sheriff's Office||Mertzon||Texas 76941||64 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Colorado||Texas 79512||64 miles|
|Menard County Sheriff's Office||Menard||Texas 76859||65 miles|
|Fisher County Sheriff's Office||Roby||Texas 79543||66 miles|
|Shackelford County Sheriff's Office||Albany||Texas 76430||73 miles|
|Schleicher County Sheriff's Office||Eldorado||Texas 76936||77 miles|
|Eastland County Sheriff's Office||Eastland||Texas 76448||78 miles|
|Scurry County Sheriff||Snyder||Texas 79549||80 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.