|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||35 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||43 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||48 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||50 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||62 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||65 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||79 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||88 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||88 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||89 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Aztec||New Mexico 87410||101 miles|
|Mckinley County Sheriff's Office||Gallup||New Mexico 87301||103 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||109 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||113 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||114 miles|
|La Plata County Sheriff's Office||Durango||Colorado 81301||123 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||132 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||134 miles|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||134 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.