|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||12 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||16 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||18 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||18 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||22 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||23 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||24 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Kentucky 40353||25 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||26 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||31 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Owingsville||Kentucky 40360||33 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||33 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||34 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||36 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington-Fayette||Kentucky 40507||38 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||38 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||39 miles|
|Bourbon County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Kentucky 40361||39 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||40 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.