|Sterling County Sheriff's Office||Sterling||Texas 76951|
|Glasscock County Sheriff's Office||Garden City||Texas 79739||26 miles|
|Coke County Sheriff's Office||Robert Lee||Texas 76945||34 miles|
|Howard County Sheriff's Office||Big Spring||Texas 79720||38 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Colorado||Texas 79512||40 miles|
|Irion County Sheriff's Office||Mertzon||Texas 76941||42 miles|
|Tom Green County Sheriff's Office||San Angelo||Texas 76903||44 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Texas 79782||48 miles|
|Reagan County Sheriff's Office||Big Lake||Texas 76932||50 miles|
|Nolan County Sheriff's Office||Sweetwater||Texas 79556||58 miles|
|Scurry County Sheriff||Snyder||Texas 79549||61 miles|
|Midland County Sheriff's Office||Midland||Texas 79701||61 miles|
|Runnels County Sheriff's Office||Ballinger||Texas 76821||66 miles|
|Upton County Sheriff's Office||Rankin||Texas 79778||67 miles|
|Borden County Sheriff's Office||Gail||Texas 79738||68 miles|
|Concho County Sheriff's Office||Paint Rock||Texas 76866||70 miles|
|Schleicher County Sheriff's Office||Eldorado||Texas 76936||73 miles|
|Fisher County Sheriff's Office||Roby||Texas 79543||74 miles|
|Ector County Sheriff's Office||Odessa||Texas 79760||76 miles|
|Crockett County Sheriff's Office||Ozona||Texas 76943||78 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.