|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||45 miles|
|Conejos County Sheriff's Office||Antonito||Colorado 81120||45 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||46 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office||Española||New Mexico 87532||47 miles|
|Los Alamos County Sheriff||Los Alamos||New Mexico 87544||61 miles|
|Alamosa County Sheriff||Alamosa||Colorado 81101||62 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||70 miles|
|San Miguel Sheriff's Office||Las Vegas||New Mexico 87701||71 miles|
|Santa Fe County Sheriff||Santa Fe||New Mexico 87508||74 miles|
|Las Animas County Sheriff's Office||Trinidad||Colorado 81082||76 miles|
|Rio Grande County Sheriff's Office||Del Norte||Colorado 81132||86 miles|
|Huerfano County Sheriff's Office||Walsenburg||Colorado 81089||86 miles|
|Archuleta County Sheriff's Office||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||90 miles|
|Sandoval County Sheriff's Office||Bernalillo||New Mexico 87004||102 miles|
|Saguache County Sheriff's Office||Saguache||Colorado 81149||108 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Westcliffe||Colorado 81252||108 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||109 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff Office||Creede||Colorado 81130||113 miles|
|Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office||Albuquerque||New Mexico 87102||117 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.