|St. Francois County Sheriff's Department||Farmington||Missouri 63640|
|Iron County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Missouri 63650||17 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||19 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||20 miles|
|Ste Genevieve County Sheriff's Office||Ste. Genevieve||Missouri 63670||25 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff Department||Hillsboro||Missouri 63050||29 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Perryville||Missouri 63775||35 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Illinois 62233||36 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||37 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Waterloo||Illinois 62298||40 miles|
|Bollinger County Sheriff's Office||Marble Hill||Missouri 63764||44 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||47 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||49 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||53 miles|
|Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Missouri 63755||53 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Belleville||Illinois 62220||56 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Missouri 63105||58 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||59 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Murphysboro||Illinois 62966||62 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||62 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.