|Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office||Santa Cruz||California 95060|
|Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office||San Jose||California 95110||24 miles|
|Monterey County Sheriff's Office||Salinas||California 93906||30 miles|
|San Benito County Sheriff's Office||Hollister||California 95023||35 miles|
|San Mateo County Sheriff's Office||Redwood||California 94063||35 miles|
|Alameda County Sheriff's Office||Oakland||California 94612||56 miles|
|San Francisco County Sheriff's Office||San Francisco||California 94103||57 miles|
|Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office||Modesto||California 95358||69 miles|
|Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office||Martinez||California 94553||70 miles|
|San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office||French Camp||California 95231||72 miles|
|Marin County Sheriff's Office||San Rafael||California 94903||75 miles|
|Napa County Sheriff's Office||Napa||California 94558||85 miles|
|Solano County Sheriff's Office||Fairfield||California 94533||85 miles|
|Merced County Sheriff's Office||Merced||California 95340||86 miles|
|Madera County Sheriff's Office||Madera||California 93637||107 miles|
|Sonoma County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||California 95403||108 miles|
|Calaveras County Sheriff's Office||San Andreas||California 95249||109 miles|
|Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office||Sonora||California 95370||111 miles|
|Sacramento County Sheriff's Office||Sacramento||California 95814||112 miles|
|Amador County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||California 95642||115 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.