|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||32 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||35 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||36 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||38 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||47 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||49 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||52 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||65 miles|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||66 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||82 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||108 miles|
|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801||114 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||114 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||114 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||120 miles|
|De Baca County Sheriff's Office||Fort Sumner||New Mexico 88119||122 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||127 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||128 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||129 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.