|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||30 miles|
|Dent County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Missouri 65560||33 miles|
|Shannon County Sheriff's Office||Eminence||Missouri 65466||35 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||38 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||40 miles|
|Phelps County Sheriff's Office||Rolla||Missouri 65401||45 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||46 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||46 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706||52 miles|
|Oregon County Sheriff's Office||Alton||Missouri 65606||53 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||55 miles|
|Reynolds County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Missouri 63665||56 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||56 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Van Buren||Missouri 63965||57 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||60 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||64 miles|
|Fulton County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Arkansas 72576||66 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||66 miles|
|Miller County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Missouri 65082||69 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.