|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Missouri 63383|
|Gasconade County Sheriff's Office||Hermann||Missouri 65041||15 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Troy||Missouri 63379||18 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Union||Missouri 63084||23 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Missouri 63361||24 miles|
|St Charles County Sheriff's Office||O'Fallon||Missouri 63366||27 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Hardin||Illinois 62047||40 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Bowling Green||Missouri 63334||40 miles|
|Osage County Sheriff's Office||Linn||Missouri 65051||42 miles|
|Callaway County Sheriff’s Office||Fulton||Missouri 65251||42 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Missouri 63105||45 miles|
|Audrain County Sheriff's Office||Mexico||Missouri 65265||45 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff Department||Hillsboro||Missouri 63050||49 miles|
|Jersey County Sheriff Department||Jerseyville||Illinois 62052||51 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Carrollton||Illinois 62016||55 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Steelville||Missouri 65565||56 miles|
|Cole County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Missouri 65101||56 miles|
|Ralls County Sheriff's Office||New London||Missouri 63459||58 miles|
|Maries County Sheriff||Vienna||Missouri 65582||58 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Potosi||Missouri 63664||60 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.