|Skagit County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Washington 98273|
|Whatcom County Sheriff's Office||Bellingham||Washington 98225||35 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||40 miles|
|Island County Sheriff's Office||Coupeville||Washington 98239||44 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Port Hadlock||Washington 98339||54 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250||55 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||66 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||76 miles|
|Clallam County Sheriff's Office||Port Angeles||Washington 98362||79 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||91 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||101 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||103 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||103 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||107 miles|
|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502||113 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||119 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||132 miles|
|Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office||Montesano||Washington 98563||133 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Chehalis||Washington 98532||138 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||141 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.