|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||38 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||45 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||52 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||64 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||70 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||76 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||77 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||81 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||87 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||89 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||98 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||101 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||108 miles|
|Union County Sheriff||Clayton||New Mexico 88415||113 miles|
|Curry County Sheriff's Office||Clovis||New Mexico 88101||117 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||119 miles|
|Las Animas County Sheriff's Office||Trinidad||Colorado 81082||119 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Portales||New Mexico 88130||122 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||124 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.