|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230|
|Manatee County Sheriff's Office||Bradenton||Florida 34205||25 miles|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||29 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||31 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||43 miles|
|Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office||Tampa||Florida 33605||54 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||55 miles|
|Pinellas County Sheriff's Office||Largo||Florida 33778||55 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||61 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||64 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||67 miles|
|Pasco County Sheriff’s Office||New Port Richey||Florida 34654||77 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||82 miles|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||82 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||94 miles|
|Hernando County Sheriff's Office||Brooksville||Florida 34601||94 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||98 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Bushnell||Florida 33513||103 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orlando||Florida 32804||111 miles|
|Citrus County Sheriff's Office||Inverness||Florida 34450||114 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.