|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Missouri 64067|
|Ray County Sheriff||Henrietta||Missouri 64036||8 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff Department||Carrollton||Missouri 64633||23 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Lee's Summit||Missouri 64064||30 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Centerview||Missouri 64019||30 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Missouri 64068||32 miles|
|Saline County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||Missouri 65340||33 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff's Office||Kingston||Missouri 64650||35 miles|
|Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office||Kansas||Kansas 66101||43 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Plattsburg||Missouri 64477||43 miles|
|Pettis County Sheriff's Office||Sedalia||Missouri 65301||45 miles|
|Cass County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonville||Missouri 64701||45 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.