|Sanborn County Sheriff's Office||Woonsocket||South Dakota 57385|
|Davison County Sheriff's Office||Mitchell||South Dakota 57301||22 miles|
|Jerauld County Sheriff's Office||Wessington Springs||South Dakota 57382||24 miles|
|Beadle County Sheriff's Office||Huron||South Dakota 57350||24 miles|
|Miner County Sheriff's Office||Howard||South Dakota 57349||28 miles|
|Aurora County Sheriff's Office||Plankinton||South Dakota 57368||29 miles|
|Hanson County Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||South Dakota 57311||30 miles|
|Kingsbury County Sheriff's Office||De Smet||South Dakota 57231||37 miles|
|Mccook County Sheriff's Office||Salem||South Dakota 57058||41 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Gann Valley||South Dakota 57341||45 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Madison||South Dakota 57042||49 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Armour||South Dakota 57313||50 miles|
|Hand County Sheriff's Office||Miller||South Dakota 57362||56 miles|
|Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office||Olivet||South Dakota 57052||58 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Clark||South Dakota 57225||62 miles|
|Hamlin County Sheriff||Hayti||South Dakota 57241||62 miles|
|Spink County Sheriff's Office||Redfield||South Dakota 57469||63 miles|
|Brule County Sheriff's Office||Chamberlain||South Dakota 57325||64 miles|
|Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office||Lake Andes||South Dakota 57356||64 miles|
|Turner County Sheriff's Office||Parker||South Dakota 57053||64 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.