|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Eatonton||Georgia 31024|
|Baldwin County Sheriff's office||Milledgeville||Georgia 31061||18 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Georgia 30650||18 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Georgia 31064||19 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||Georgia 30642||20 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Gray||Georgia 31032||24 miles|
|Butts County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Georgia 30233||32 miles|
|Taliaferro County Sheriff's Office||Crawfordville||Georgia 30631||32 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Georgia 30014||33 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Georgia 31087||33 miles|
|Walton County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Georgia 30655||36 miles|
|Bibb County Sheriff's Office||Macon-Bibb County||Georgia 31201||37 miles|
|Oconee County Sheriff's Office||Watkinsville||Georgia 30677||37 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Forsyth||Georgia 31029||38 miles|
|Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office||Irwinton||Georgia 31042||38 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Sandersville||Georgia 31082||41 miles|
|Rockdale County Sheriff's Office||Conyers||Georgia 30012||41 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Georgia 30828||42 miles|
|Oglethorpe County Sheriff's Office||Crawford||Georgia 30630||42 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Georgia 30605||43 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.