|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250|
|Island County Sheriff's Office||Coupeville||Washington 98239||28 miles|
|Clallam County Sheriff's Office||Port Angeles||Washington 98362||31 miles|
|Whatcom County Sheriff's Office||Bellingham||Washington 98225||33 miles|
|Skagit County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Washington 98273||36 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Port Hadlock||Washington 98339||37 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||55 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||70 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||72 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||89 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||92 miles|
|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502||102 miles|
|Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office||Montesano||Washington 98563||108 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Chehalis||Washington 98532||128 miles|
|Pacific County Sheriff's Office||South Bend||Washington 98586||132 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||149 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||151 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||158 miles|
|Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office||Cathlamet||Washington 98612||160 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||162 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.