|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Alleghany||California 95910|
|Plumas County Sheriff's Office||Quincy||California 95971||34 miles|
|Washoe County Sheriff's Office||Reno||Nevada 89512||38 miles|
|Storey County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Nevada 89440||50 miles|
|Carson City County Sheriff's Office||Carson City||Nevada 89701||51 miles|
|Placer County Sheriff's Office||Auburn||California 95603||54 miles|
|Butte County Sheriff's Office||Oroville||California 95965||56 miles|
|Lassen County Administration Officer||Susanville||California 96130||59 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Minden||Nevada 89423||59 miles|
|El Dorado County Sheriff's Office||Placerville||California 95667||61 miles|
|Yuba County Coroner||Marysville||California 95901||64 miles|
|Sutter County Sheriff's Office||Yuba||California 95993||67 miles|
|Alpine County Sheriff's Office||Markleeville||California 96120||73 miles|
|Lyon County Sheriff's Office||Yerington||Nevada 89447||83 miles|
|Colusa County Sheriff's Office||Colusa||California 95932||83 miles|
|Amador County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||California 95642||86 miles|
|Sacramento County Sheriff's Office||Sacramento||California 95814||86 miles|
|Glenn County Sheriff's Office||Willows||California 95988||90 miles|
|Yolo County Sheriff's Office||Woodland||California 95776||91 miles|
|Churchill County Sheriff's Office||Fallon||Nevada 89406||93 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.