|San Diego County Sheriff's Office||San Diego||California 92193|
|Imperial County Sheriff's Office||El Centro||California 92243||73 miles|
|Riverside County Sheriff's Office||Riverside||California 92501||74 miles|
|San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office||San Bernardino||California 92408||80 miles|
|Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office||Altadena||California 91001||112 miles|
|Yuma County Sheriff's Office||Yuma||Arizona 85364||127 miles|
|Ventura County Sheriff's Office||Camarillo||California 93010||155 miles|
|La Paz County Sheriff's Office||Parker||Arizona 85344||163 miles|
|Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office||Santa Barbara||California 93110||198 miles|
|Kern County Sheriff's Office||Bakersfield||California 93308||210 miles|
|Mohave County Sheriff's Office||Kingman||Arizona 86401||216 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.