|City And Borough Of Sitka Sheriff's Office||Sitka||Alaska 99835|
|City And Borough Of Juneau Sheriff's Office||Juneau||Alaska 99801||86 miles|
|Petersburg Borough Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||Alaska 99833||94 miles|
|Haines Borough Sheriff's Office||Haines||Alaska 99827||141 miles|
|Hoonah-Angoon County Sheriff's Office||Haines||Alaska 99827||143 miles|
|City And Borough Of Wrangell Sheriff's Office||Wrangell||Alaska 99929||145 miles|
|Ketchikan Gateway Borough Sheriff's Office||Ketchikan||Alaska 99901||191 miles|
|Prince Of Wales - Hyder County Sheriff's Office||Metlakatla||Alaska 99926||205 miles|
|City And Borough Of Yakutat Sheriff's Office||Yakutat||Alaska 99689||228 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.