|Whatcom County Sheriff's Office||Bellingham||Washington 98225|
|Skagit County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Washington 98273||37 miles|
|Island County Sheriff's Office||Coupeville||Washington 98239||58 miles|
|San Juan County Sheriff's Office||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250||58 miles|
|Snohomish County Sheriff's Office||Everett||Washington 98201||62 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Port Hadlock||Washington 98339||71 miles|
|King County Sheriff's Office||Seattle||Washington 98104||89 miles|
|Clallam County Sheriff's Office||Port Angeles||Washington 98362||89 miles|
|Kitsap County Sheriff's Office||Port Orchard||Washington 98366||97 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||108 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Tacoma||Washington 98402||113 miles|
|Chelan County Sheriff's Office||Wenatchee||Washington 98801||121 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||East Wenatchee||Washington 98802||122 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Shelton||Washington 98584||127 miles|
|Thurston County Sheriff's Office||Olympia||Washington 98502||135 miles|
|Kittitas County Sheriff's Office||Ellensburg||Washington 98926||141 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||142 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Ephrata||Washington 98823||149 miles|
|Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office||Montesano||Washington 98563||152 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Chehalis||Washington 98532||160 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.