Austin County Sheriff Office

See Austin County Sheriff Office location, address, and phone number, and public records search. Sheriffs are law enforcement officers which enforce laws and keep public order. Sheriffs are usually elected by their regional counties.


Name
Austin County Sheriff Office
Address
417 North Chesley Street, Bellville, Texas, 77418
Phone
(979) 865-3111

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Waller County Sheriff's Department 15 miles
Washington County Sheriff's Office 17 miles
Colorado County Sheriff's Office 26 miles
Fayette County Sheriff's Office 37 miles
Grimes County Sheriff's Department 40 miles
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office 40 miles
Lee County Sheriff's Office 43 miles
Sheriff Department 46 miles

Map and Directions to Austin County Sheriff Office

What is a sheriff?

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.