|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||23 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||31 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||32 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||33 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||35 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||39 miles|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Doniphan||Missouri 63935||48 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||52 miles|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||52 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||56 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||59 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||59 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Poplar Bluff||Missouri 63901||60 miles|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||62 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||63 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||64 miles|
|Sharp County Sheriff's Office||Ash Flat||Arkansas 72513||65 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||67 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Pocahontas||Arkansas 72455||67 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.