|Yuma County Sheriff's Office||Yuma||Arizona 85364|
|Imperial County Sheriff's Office||El Centro||California 92243||96 miles|
|La Paz County Sheriff's Office||Parker||Arizona 85344||97 miles|
|Yavapai County Sheriff's Office||Prescott||Arizona 86301||148 miles|
|Pinal County Sheriff's Office||Florence||Arizona 85132||148 miles|
|Mohave County Sheriff's Office||Kingman||Arizona 86401||167 miles|
|Pima County Sheriff's Office||Tucson||Arizona 85714||178 miles|
|Gila County Sheriff||Globe||Arizona 85501||186 miles|
|San Diego County Sheriff's Office||San Diego||California 92193||187 miles|
|Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office||Nogales||Arizona 85621||200 miles|
|Coconino County Sheriff's Office||Flagstaff||Arizona 86001||211 miles|
|San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office||San Bernardino||California 92408||214 miles|
|Riverside County Sheriff's Office||Riverside||California 92501||216 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.