|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office||Natchitoches||Louisiana 71457||20 miles|
|Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office||Many||Louisiana 71449||20 miles|
|Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office||Leesville||Louisiana 71446||24 miles|
|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417||27 miles|
|Red River Parish Sheriff's Office||Coushatta||Louisiana 71019||39 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||42 miles|
|Sabine County Sheriff's Office||Hemphill||Texas 75948||42 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||43 miles|
|Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office||DeRidder||Louisiana 70634||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.