|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Silverton||Colorado 81433|
|Ouray County Sheriff's Office||Ouray||Colorado 81427||17 miles|
|San Miguel County Sheriff's Office||Telluride||Colorado 81435||17 miles|
|Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office||Lake City||Colorado 81235||26 miles|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||37 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||41 miles|
|Montrose County Sheriff's Office||Montrose||Colorado 81401||50 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||51 miles|
|Montezuma County Sheriff's Office||Cortez||Colorado 81321||58 miles|
|Gunnison County Sheriff's Office||Gunnison||Colorado 81230||66 miles|
|Dolores County Sheriff||Dove Creek||Colorado 81324||67 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||69 miles|
|Delta County Sheriff's Office||Delta||Colorado 81416||71 miles|
|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132||72 miles|
|Saguache County Sheriff's Office||Saguache||Colorado 81149||86 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Utah 84535||91 miles|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||101 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||101 miles|
|Mesa County Sheriff's Office||Grand Junction||Colorado 81501||101 miles|
|Chaffee County Sheriff||Salida||Colorado 81201||105 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.