|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||58 miles|
|Montezuma County Sheriff's Office||Cortez||Colorado 81321||60 miles|
|Mckinley County Sheriff's Office||Gallup||New Mexico 87301||71 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||89 miles|
|Dolores County Sheriff||Dove Creek||Colorado 81324||92 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Silverton||Colorado 81433||97 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||98 miles|
|San Miguel County Sheriff's Office||Telluride||Colorado 81435||102 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Utah 84535||109 miles|
|Ouray County Sheriff's Office||Ouray||Colorado 81427||110 miles|
|Hinsdale County Sheriff's Office||Lake City||Colorado 81235||119 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||120 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||121 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||128 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||129 miles|
|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132||135 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||136 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||136 miles|
|Montrose County Sheriff's Office||Montrose||Colorado 81401||139 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.