|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Monroeville||Alabama 36460||21 miles|
|Escambia County Sheriff's Office||Brewton||Alabama 36426||23 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Andalusia||Alabama 36420||30 miles|
|Butler County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Alabama 36037||35 miles|
|Wilcox County Sheriff's Office||Camden||Alabama 36726||42 miles|
|Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office||Luverne||Alabama 36049||47 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Grove Hill||Alabama 36451||50 miles|
|Lowndes County Jail||Hayneville||Alabama 36040||51 miles|
|Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office||Milton||Florida 32583||54 miles|
|Baldwin County Sheriff's Office||Bay Minette||Alabama 36507||60 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||New Brockton||Alabama 36351||63 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Troy||Alabama 36081||65 miles|
|Dallas County Sheriff's Office||Selma||Alabama 36701||67 miles|
|Escambia County Sheriff's Office||Pensacola||Florida 32501||70 miles|
|Walton County Sheriff's Office||DeFuniak Springs||Florida 32433||71 miles|
|Geneva County Sheriff's Office||Geneva||Alabama 36340||72 miles|
|Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office||Shalimar||Florida 32579||72 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Chatom||Alabama 36518||74 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Montgomery||Alabama 36104||77 miles|
|Marengo County Sheriff||Linden||Alabama 36748||77 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.