Smith County Sheriff's Office

See Smith County Sheriff's 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.

Smith County Sheriff's Office
227 North Spring Avenue, Tyler, Texas, 75702
(903) 590-2661
(903) 590-2659

Nearby Sheriffs

Sheriff Distance
Wood County Sheriffs Office 32 miles
Rusk County Sheriff's Office 32 miles
Upshur County Sheriff's Office 33 miles
Henderson County Sheriff's Office 33 miles
Gregg County Sheriff's Office 34 miles
Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office 37 miles
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office 39 miles
Anderson County Sheriff's Office 45 miles
Rains County Sheriff's Office 45 miles

Map and Directions to Smith County Sheriff's 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.