|Stoddard County Sheriff's Office||Bloomfield||Missouri 63825|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Poplar Bluff||Missouri 63901||27 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Benton||Missouri 63736||27 miles|
|New Madrid County Sheriff's Office||New Madrid||Missouri 63869||29 miles|
|Bollinger County Sheriff's Office||Marble Hill||Missouri 63764||31 miles|
|Mississippi County Sheriff||Charleston||Missouri 63834||33 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Missouri 63944||34 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Piggott||Arkansas 72454||35 miles|
|Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Missouri 63755||40 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Tiptonville||Tennessee 38079||42 miles|
|Dunklin County Sheriff's Office||Kennett||Missouri 63857||42 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Cairo||Illinois 62914||44 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Mound||Illinois 62963||46 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Hickman||Kentucky 42050||47 miles|
|Ballard County Sheriff's Office||Wickliffe||Kentucky 42087||48 miles|
|Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office||Caruthersville||Missouri 63830||49 miles|
|Ripley County Sheriff's Office||Doniphan||Missouri 63935||51 miles|
|Carlisle County Sheriff's Office||Bardwell||Kentucky 42023||52 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Fredericktown||Missouri 63645||53 miles|
|Hickman County Sheriff Department||Clinton||Kentucky 42031||54 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.