|Williamson County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Texas 78626|
|Travis County Sheriff's Office||Austin||Texas 78751||24 miles|
|Bell County Sheriff's Office||Belton||Texas 76513||29 miles|
|Milam County Sheriff's Office||Cameron||Texas 76520||40 miles|
|Burnet County Sheriff's Office||Marble Falls||Texas 78654||40 miles|
|Bastrop County Sheriff's Office||Bastrop||Texas 78602||42 miles|
|Lampasas County Sheriff's Office||Lampasas||Texas 76550||44 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Giddings||Texas 78942||52 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff||Lockhart||Texas 78644||53 miles|
|Burleson County Sheriff's Office||Caldwell||Texas 77836||54 miles|
|Coryell County Sheriff's Office||Gatesville||Texas 76528||55 miles|
|Hays County Sheriff's Office||San Marcos||Texas 78666||55 miles|
|Blanco County Sheriff's Office||Johnson||Texas 78636||56 miles|
|Falls County Sheriff's Office||Marlin||Texas 76661||62 miles|
|Llano County Sheriff's Office||Llano||Texas 78643||64 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||La Grange||Texas 78945||66 miles|
|Mclennan County Sheriff's Office||Waco||Texas 76701||69 miles|
|Robertson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Texas 77856||71 miles|
|Brazos County Office of the Sheriff||Bryan||Texas 77803||72 miles|
|Comal County Sheriff's Office||New Braunfels||Texas 78130||74 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.