|Panola County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Texas 75633||16 miles|
|Gregg County Sheriff's Office||Longview||Texas 75601||17 miles|
|Rusk County Sheriff's Office||Henderson||Texas 75652||18 miles|
|Harrison County Human Resource||Marshall||Texas 75670||19 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Texas 75657||33 miles|
|Upshur County Sheriff's Office||Gilmer||Texas 75644||37 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Center||Texas 75935||40 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Tyler||Texas 75702||44 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.