|Washburn County Sheriff's Office||Shell Lake||Wisconsin 54871|
|Sawyer County Sheriff's Office||Hayward||Wisconsin 54843||17 miles|
|Burnett County Jail||Siren||Wisconsin 54872||28 miles|
|Barron County Sheriff's Office||Barron||Wisconsin 54812||33 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Balsam Lake||Wisconsin 54810||44 miles|
|Rusk County Sheriff's Office||Ladysmith||Wisconsin 54848||45 miles|
|Pine County Sheriff's Office||Pine||Minnesota 55063||57 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Wisconsin 54880||59 miles|
|Chisago County Sheriff's Office||Center||Minnesota 55012||60 miles|
|Carlton County Sheriff's Office||Carlton||Minnesota 55718||61 miles|
|St Louis County Sheriff's Office||Duluth||Minnesota 55802||63 miles|
|Ashland County Sheriff||Ashland||Wisconsin 54806||65 miles|
|Chippewa County Sheriff's Office||Chippewa Falls||Wisconsin 54729||69 miles|
|Price County Sheriff's Office||Phillips||Wisconsin 54555||69 miles|
|Bayfield County Sheriff's Office||Washburn||Wisconsin 54891||69 miles|
|Dunn County Sheriff's Office||Menomonie||Wisconsin 54751||70 miles|
|Kanabec County Sheriff's Office||Mora||Minnesota 55051||72 miles|
|Isanti County Sheriff's Office||Cambridge||Minnesota 55008||73 miles|
|Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office||Eau Claire||Wisconsin 54703||76 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Stillwater||Minnesota 55082||77 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.