|Copiah County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Mississippi 39083|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Brookhaven||Mississippi 39601||20 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||30 miles|
|Claiborne County Sheriff's Office||Port Gibson||Mississippi 39150||32 miles|
|Hinds County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Mississippi 39205||34 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||35 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Mississippi 39069||38 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Meadville||Mississippi 39653||38 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||39 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||39 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff||Vicksburg||Mississippi 39183||42 miles|
|Tensas Parish Sheriff's Office||St. Joseph||Louisiana 71366||47 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Magnolia||Mississippi 39652||50 miles|
|Amite County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Mississippi 39645||53 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||55 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||55 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Canton||Mississippi 39046||55 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||55 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||56 miles|
|Madison Parish Sheriff's Office||Tallulah||Louisiana 71282||57 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.