|Union County Sheriff||Clayton||New Mexico 88415|
|Cimarron County Sheriff's Office||Boise||Oklahoma 73933||56 miles|
|Harding County Sheriff's Office||Mosquero||New Mexico 87733||56 miles|
|Colfax County Sheriff's Office||Raton||New Mexico 87740||59 miles|
|Dallam County Sheriff's Office||Dalhart||Texas 79022||61 miles|
|Las Animas County Sheriff's Office||Trinidad||Colorado 81082||74 miles|
|Sherman County Sheriff Office||Stratford||Texas 79084||79 miles|
|Baca County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Colorado 81073||80 miles|
|Hartley County Sheriff's Office||Channing||Texas 79018||85 miles|
|Bent County Sheriff's Office||Las Animas||Colorado 81054||87 miles|
|Quay County Sheriffs Office||Tucumcari||New Mexico 88401||92 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Dumas||Texas 79029||94 miles|
|Morton County Sheriff's Office||Elkhart||Kansas 67950||94 miles|
|Otero County Sheriff's Office||La Junta||Colorado 81050||104 miles|
|Oldham County Sheriff's Office||Vega||Texas 79092||104 miles|
|Huerfano County Sheriff's Office||Walsenburg||Colorado 81089||107 miles|
|Mora County Sheriff's Office||Mora||New Mexico 87732||110 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Guymon||Oklahoma 73942||111 miles|
|Taos County Sheriff's Office||Taos||New Mexico 87571||117 miles|
|Costilla County Sheriff's Office||San Luis||Colorado 81152||118 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.