|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Chehalis||Washington 98532||20 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||23 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||28 miles|
|Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office||Montesano||Washington 98563||37 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||43 miles|
|Pacific County Sheriff's Office||South Bend||Washington 98586||50 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||52 miles|
|Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office||Kelso||Washington 98626||55 miles|
|Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office||Cathlamet||Washington 98612||57 miles|
|Clatsop County Sheriff's Office||Astoria||Oregon 97103||70 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||St. Helens||Oregon 97051||75 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Port Hadlock||Washington 98339||75 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||78 miles|
|Clallam County Sheriff's Office||Port Angeles||Washington 98362||86 miles|
|Island County Sheriff's Office||Coupeville||Washington 98239||89 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Vancouver||Washington 98660||90 miles|
|Skamania County Sheriff's Office||Stevenson||Washington 98648||97 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Hillsboro||Oregon 97123||98 miles|
|Multnomah County Sheriff's Office||Portland||Oregon 97214||99 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.