|Catahoula Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesville||Louisiana 71343|
|La Salle Parish Sheriff's Department||Jena||Louisiana 71342||17 miles|
|Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office||Vidalia||Louisiana 71373||26 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's office||Natchez||Mississippi 39120||27 miles|
|Caldwell Parish Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Louisiana 71418||33 miles|
|Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||Louisiana 71295||35 miles|
|Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Joseph||Louisiana 71366||40 miles|
|Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office||Marksville||Louisiana 71351||40 miles|
|Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Louisiana 71309||45 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Mississippi 39069||46 miles|
|Winn Parish Sheriff's Office||Winnfield||Louisiana 71483||50 miles|
|Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office||Woodville||Mississippi 39669||51 miles|
|Grant Parish Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Louisiana 71417||51 miles|
|Claiborne County Sheriff's Office||Port Gibson||Mississippi 39150||55 miles|
|Richland Parish Sheriff's Office||Rayville||Louisiana 71269||56 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Meadville||Mississippi 39653||58 miles|
|Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Louisiana 71201||60 miles|
|Madison Parish Sheriff's Office||Tallulah||Louisiana 71282||64 miles|
|Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Louisiana 71251||65 miles|
|West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Francisville||Louisiana 70775||67 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.