|Sawyer County Sheriff's Office||Hayward||Wisconsin 54843|
|Rusk County Sheriff's Office||Ladysmith||Wisconsin 54848||28 miles|
|Price County Sheriff's Office||Phillips||Wisconsin 54555||38 miles|
|Washburn County Sheriff's Office||Shell Lake||Wisconsin 54871||39 miles|
|Barron County Sheriff's Office||Barron||Wisconsin 54812||46 miles|
|Ashland County Sheriff||Ashland||Wisconsin 54806||52 miles|
|Bayfield County Sheriff's Office||Washburn||Wisconsin 54891||57 miles|
|Burnett County Jail||Siren||Wisconsin 54872||59 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Hurley||Wisconsin 54534||61 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Medford||Wisconsin 54451||64 miles|
|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Chippewa Falls||Wisconsin 54729||65 miles|
|Gogebic County Sheriff's Office||Bessemer||Michigan 49911||67 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Balsam Lake||Wisconsin 54810||69 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Wisconsin 54880||75 miles|
|Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office||Eau Claire||Wisconsin 54703||75 miles|
|Dunn County Sheriff's Office||Menomonie||Wisconsin 54751||76 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Duluth||Minnesota 55802||78 miles|
|Carlton County Sheriff's Office||Carlton||Minnesota 55718||81 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Two Harbors||Minnesota 55616||84 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Merrill||Wisconsin 54452||85 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.