|Stanley County Sheriff's Office||Fort Pierre||South Dakota 57532|
|Hughes County Sheriff's Office||Pierre||South Dakota 57501||21 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff||Murdo||South Dakota 57559||37 miles|
|Sully County Sheriff's Office||Onida||South Dakota 57564||39 miles|
|Haakon County Sheriff's Office||Philip||South Dakota 57567||52 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Kadoka||South Dakota 57543||55 miles|
|Lyman County Sheriff's Office||Kennebec||South Dakota 57544||56 miles|
|Potter County Sheriff's Office||Gettysburg||South Dakota 57442||57 miles|
|Mellette County Sheriff's Office||White River||South Dakota 57579||59 miles|
|Ziebach County Sheriff's Office||Dupree||South Dakota 57623||61 miles|
|Hyde County Sheriff's Office||Highmore||South Dakota 57345||65 miles|
|Dewey County Sheriff's Office||Timber Lake||South Dakota 57656||72 miles|
|Todd County Sheriff's Office||Mission||South Dakota 57555||77 miles|
|Brule County Sheriff's Office||Chamberlain||South Dakota 57325||82 miles|
|Walworth County Sheriff's Office||Selby||South Dakota 57472||83 miles|
|Tripp County Sheriff's Office||Winner||South Dakota 57580||85 miles|
|Hand County Sheriff's Office||Miller||South Dakota 57362||87 miles|
|Faulk County Sheriff's Office||Faulkton||South Dakota 57438||90 miles|
|Buffalo County Sheriff's Office||Gann Valley||South Dakota 57341||91 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Mound City||South Dakota 57646||96 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.