|Waller County Sheriff's Department||Hempstead||Texas 77445|
|Austin County Sheriff Office||Bellville||Texas 77418||17 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Brenham||Texas 77833||27 miles|
|Grimes County Sheriff's Department||Anderson||Texas 77830||33 miles|
|Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Texas 77469||33 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Conroe||Texas 77301||39 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Texas 77002||41 miles|
|Colorado County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Texas 78934||41 miles|
|Sheriff Department||Wharton||Texas 77488||49 miles|
|Brazos County Office of the Sheriff||Bryan||Texas 77803||52 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||La Grange||Texas 78945||54 miles|
|Walker County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Texas 77320||56 miles|
|Burleson County Sheriff's Office||Caldwell||Texas 77836||56 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Giddings||Texas 78942||58 miles|
|Brazoria County Sheriff's Office||Angleton||Texas 77515||63 miles|
|San Jacinto County Sheriff||Coldspring||Texas 77331||65 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madisonville||Texas 77864||66 miles|
|Lavaca County Sheriff's Office||Hallettsville||Texas 77964||71 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Texas 77575||71 miles|
|Matagorda County Sheriff's Office||Bay||Texas 77414||71 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.