|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Marshfield||Missouri 65706|
|Wright County Sheriff's Office||Hartville||Missouri 65667||20 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Missouri 65802||23 miles|
|Christian County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Missouri 65721||26 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Ava||Missouri 65608||26 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Missouri 65622||28 miles|
|Laclede County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Missouri 65536||30 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Missouri 65613||37 miles|
|Taney County Sheriffs Office||Forsyth||Missouri 65653||43 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Galena||Missouri 65656||46 miles|
|Texas County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Missouri 65483||51 miles|
|Camden County Sheriff's Office||Camdenton||Missouri 65020||51 miles|
|Hickory County Sheriff's Office||Hermitage||Missouri 65668||52 miles|
|Ozark County Sheriff's Office||Gainesville||Missouri 65655||53 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||Missouri 65583||53 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Missouri 65712||53 miles|
|Dade County Sheriff's Office||Greenfield||Missouri 65661||54 miles|
|Cedar County Sheriff's Office||Stockton||Missouri 65785||58 miles|
|Howell County Sheriff's Office||West Plains||Missouri 65775||67 miles|
|Barry County Sheriff's Office||Cassville||Missouri 65625||69 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.