|St Lucie County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierce||Florida 34981|
|Martin County Sheriff’s Office||Stuart||Florida 34994||19 miles|
|Indian River County Sheriff's Office||Vero Beach||Florida 32960||20 miles|
|Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office||Okeechobee||Florida 34972||26 miles|
|Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office||West Palm Beach||Florida 33406||54 miles|
|Glades County Sheriff's Office||Moore Haven||Florida 33471||55 miles|
|Highlands County Sheriff's Office||Sebring||Florida 33870||61 miles|
|Hendry County Sheriff's Office||LaBelle||Florida 33935||75 miles|
|Osceola County Sheriff's Office||Kissimmee||Florida 34744||83 miles|
|Hardee County Sheriff's Office||Wauchula||Florida 33873||84 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Arcadia||Florida 34266||87 miles|
|Brevard County Sheriff's Office||Titusville||Florida 32780||88 miles|
|Broward County Sheriff's Office||Fort Lauderdale||Florida 33312||88 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Human Resources Office||Winter Haven||Florida 33880||94 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orlando||Florida 32804||100 miles|
|Charlotte County Sheriff's Office||Punta Gorda||Florida 33982||101 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Fort Myers||Florida 33912||105 miles|
|Seminole County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||Florida 32773||108 miles|
|Collier County Sheriff's Office||Naples||Florida 34112||119 miles|
|Volusia County Sheriff's Office||DeLand||Florida 32721||125 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.