|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Prestonsburg||Kentucky 41653|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||13 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Paintsville||Kentucky 41240||18 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||20 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||22 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Inez||Kentucky 41224||24 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||27 miles|
|Letcher County Sheriff's Office||Whitesburg||Kentucky 41858||31 miles|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||32 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||33 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||35 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||37 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Kentucky 41230||39 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614||40 miles|
|Wise County Sheriff's Office||Wise||Virginia 24293||41 miles|
|Elliott County Sheriff's Office||Sandy Hook||Kentucky 41171||42 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Virginia 24273||44 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||44 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||46 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||46 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.