|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||10 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||13 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Wiggins||Mississippi 39577||24 miles|
|Pearl River County Chancery Clerk||Poplarville||Mississippi 39470||29 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||34 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||36 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||36 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Leakesville||Mississippi 39451||42 miles|
|George County Sheriff's Office||Lucedale||Mississippi 39452||44 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||46 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||49 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||52 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||54 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||56 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Gulfport||Mississippi 39501||57 miles|
|Washington Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklinton||Louisiana 70438||58 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||61 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Bay Saint Louis||Mississippi 39520||63 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Chatom||Alabama 36518||63 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.