|Woodward County Sheriff's Office||Woodward||Oklahoma 73801|
|Dewey County Sheriff's Office||Taloga||Oklahoma 73667||32 miles|
|Ellis County Sheriff's Office||Arnett||Oklahoma 73832||34 miles|
|Harper County Sheriff's Office||Buffalo||Oklahoma 73834||34 miles|
|Woods County Sheriff's Office||Alva||Oklahoma 73717||43 miles|
|Major County Sheriff's Office||Fairview||Oklahoma 73737||46 miles|
|Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office||Cherokee||Oklahoma 73728||56 miles|
|Lipscomb County Sheriff's Office||Lipscomb||Texas 79056||57 miles|
|Comanche County Sheriff's Office||Coldwater||Kansas 67029||59 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Kansas 67831||59 miles|
|Roger Mills County Sheriff's Office||Cheyenne||Oklahoma 73628||60 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Arapaho||Oklahoma 73620||61 miles|
|Blaine County Sheriff's Office||Watonga||Oklahoma 73772||63 miles|
|Barber County Sheriff's Office||Medicine Lodge||Kansas 67104||70 miles|
|Hemphill County Sheriff's Office||Canadian||Texas 79014||71 miles|
|Beaver County Sheriff's Office||Beaver||Oklahoma 73932||74 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Enid||Oklahoma 73701||78 miles|
|Washita County Sheriff's Office||Cordell||Oklahoma 73632||80 miles|
|Beckham County Sheriff's Office||Sayre||Oklahoma 73662||81 miles|
|Kiowa County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Kansas 67054||81 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.