|De Soto Parish Sheriff's Office||Mansfield||Louisiana 71052||6 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||27 miles|
|Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office||Shreveport||Louisiana 71101||29 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Center||Texas 75935||31 miles|
|Panola County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Texas 75633||32 miles|
|Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office||Benton||Louisiana 71006||41 miles|
|Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office||Many||Louisiana 71449||41 miles|
|San Augustine County Sheriff's Office||San Augustine||Texas 75972||43 miles|
|Harrison County Human Resource||Marshall||Texas 75670||46 miles|
|Webster Parish Sheriff's Office||Minden||Louisiana 71055||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.