|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||22 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||24 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||31 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||38 miles|
|Sarasota County Sheriff's Office||Sarasota||Florida 34230||46 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||46 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.