|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||New Brockton||Alabama 36351|
|Dale County Sheriff's Office||Ozark||Alabama 36360||21 miles|
|Geneva County Sheriff's Office||Geneva||Alabama 36340||26 miles|
|Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office||Luverne||Alabama 36049||27 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Troy||Alabama 36081||28 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Andalusia||Alabama 36420||31 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Dothan||Alabama 36303||37 miles|
|Barbour County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Alabama 36016||45 miles|
|Holmes County Sheriff's Office||Bonifay||Florida 32425||46 miles|
|Walton County Sheriff's Office||DeFuniak Springs||Florida 32433||48 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Alabama 36037||49 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff-Civil||Chipley||Florida 32428||51 miles|
|Bullock County Sheriff Office||Union Springs||Alabama 36089||54 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Marianna||Florida 32446||61 miles|
|Quitman County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown-Quitman County||Georgia 39854||62 miles|
|Dixie County Sheriff's Office||Freeport||Florida 32439||62 miles|
|Early County Sheriff's Office||Blakely||Georgia 39823||63 miles|
|Lowndes County Jail||Hayneville||Alabama 36040||63 miles|
|Escambia County Sheriff's Office||Brewton||Alabama 36426||67 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Alabama 36104||70 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.