|San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office||San Luis Obispo||California 93405|
|Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office||Santa Barbara||California 93110||75 miles|
|Kings County Sheriff's Office||Hanford||California 93230||78 miles|
|Kern County Sheriff's Office||Bakersfield||California 93308||79 miles|
|Fresno County Sheriff's Office||Fresno||California 93721||100 miles|
|Madera County Sheriff's Office||Madera||California 93637||111 miles|
|Monterey County Sheriff's Office||Salinas||California 93906||112 miles|
|Ventura County Sheriff's Office||Camarillo||California 93010||113 miles|
|San Benito County Sheriff's Office||Hollister||California 95023||117 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||133 miles|
|Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office||Santa Cruz||California 95060||141 miles|
|Mariposa County Sheriff's Office||Mariposa||California 95338||148 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||155 miles|
|Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office||Altadena||California 91001||155 miles|
|Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office||San Jose||California 95110||158 miles|
|Inyo County Sheriff's Office||Independence||California 93526||159 miles|
|San Mateo County Sheriff's Office||Redwood||California 94063||176 miles|
|San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office||French Camp||California 95231||179 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||180 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||193 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.