|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Waurika||Oklahoma 73573|
|Stephens County Sheriff's Office||Duncan||Oklahoma 73533||23 miles|
|Cotton County Sheriff's Office||Walters||Oklahoma 73572||25 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Henrietta||Texas 76365||28 miles|
|Wichita County Sheriff's Office||Wichita Falls||Texas 76301||36 miles|
|Montague County Sheriff's Office||Montague||Texas 76251||37 miles|
|Comanche County Sheriff's Office||Lawton||Oklahoma 73501||40 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Ardmore||Oklahoma 73401||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.