|Bullitt County Sheriff||Shepherdsville||Kentucky 40165|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||18 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Kentucky 40202||20 miles|
|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||20 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff Administration||Elizabethtown||Kentucky 42701||21 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Jeffersonville||Indiana 47130||21 miles|
|Meade County Sheriff's Office||Brandenburg||Kentucky 40108||22 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||New Albany||Indiana 47150||23 miles|
|Larue County Sheriff's Office||Hodgenville||Kentucky 42748||28 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Corydon||Indiana 47112||30 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Kentucky 40065||31 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||32 miles|
|Oldham County Sheriff's Office||La Grange||Kentucky 40031||35 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||37 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Kentucky 40050||43 miles|
|Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office||Hardinsburg||Kentucky 40143||43 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||44 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff||Leitchfield||Kentucky 42754||47 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||48 miles|
|Trimble County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Kentucky 40006||48 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.