|San Jacinto County Sheriff||Coldspring||Texas 77331|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Texas 77351||17 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Conroe||Texas 77301||24 miles|
|Walker County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Texas 77320||27 miles|
|Trinity County Sheriff's Office||Groveton||Texas 75845||33 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Texas 77575||42 miles|
|Tyler County Sheriff's Office||Woodville||Texas 75979||47 miles|
|Grimes County Sheriff's Department||Anderson||Texas 77830||49 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madisonville||Texas 77864||51 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Kountze||Texas 77625||52 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Crockett||Texas 75835||54 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Texas 77002||57 miles|
|Angelina County Sheriff's Office||Lufkin||Texas 75902||58 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||Anahuac||Texas 77514||63 miles|
|Waller County Sheriff's Department||Hempstead||Texas 77445||63 miles|
|Leon County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Texas 75833||68 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Beaumont||Texas 77701||72 miles|
|Brazos County Office of the Sheriff||Bryan||Texas 77803||73 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Texas 75951||74 miles|
|Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office||Nacogdoches||Texas 75964||77 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.