|Socorro County Sheriff's Office||Socorro||New Mexico 87801|
|Valencia County Sheriff||Los Lunas||New Mexico 87031||57 miles|
|Sierra County Sheriff's Office||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||61 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff||Carrizozo||New Mexico 88301||66 miles|
|Torrance County Sheriff||Estancia||New Mexico 87016||73 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||78 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||Alamogordo||New Mexico 88310||93 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||93 miles|
|Cibola County Sheriff's Office||Grants||New Mexico 87020||95 miles|
|Catron County Sheriff||Reserve||New Mexico 87830||106 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Silver City||New Mexico 88062||114 miles|
|Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office||Las Cruces||New Mexico 88007||117 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||120 miles|
|Luna County Sheriff's Office||Deming||New Mexico 88030||129 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||135 miles|
|Apache County Sheriff's Office||St. Johns||Arizona 85936||143 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||143 miles|
|Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office||Santa Rosa||New Mexico 88435||144 miles|
|Chaves County Sheriff's Office||Roswell||New Mexico 88203||145 miles|
|Mckinley County Sheriff's Office||Gallup||New Mexico 87301||146 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.