|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||19 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||20 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||20 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||21 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||22 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||24 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||24 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||29 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Prestonsburg||Kentucky 41653||32 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Paintsville||Kentucky 41240||34 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||36 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||36 miles|
|Letcher County Sheriff's Office||Whitesburg||Kentucky 41858||37 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||39 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||40 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||40 miles|
|Elliott County Sheriff's Office||Sandy Hook||Kentucky 41171||41 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||42 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831||46 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.