|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||19 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||25 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||26 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||28 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||28 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||30 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||31 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||33 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||35 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||42 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||50 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Forest||Mississippi 39074||50 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||51 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Brookhaven||Mississippi 39601||53 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||53 miles|
|Copiah County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Mississippi 39083||54 miles|
|Pearl River County Chancery Clerk||Poplarville||Mississippi 39470||55 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Mississippi 39355||56 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Wiggins||Mississippi 39577||59 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.