|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Russellville||Alabama 35654|
|Colbert County Sheriff's Office||Tuscumbia||Alabama 35674||22 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Hamilton||Alabama 35570||22 miles|
|Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office||Florence||Alabama 35630||26 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Moulton||Alabama 35650||32 miles|
|Tishomingo County Sheriff's Office||Iuka||Mississippi 38852||32 miles|
|Winston County Sheriff's Office||Double Springs||Alabama 35553||32 miles|
|Itawamba County Sheriff's Office||Fulton||Mississippi 38843||34 miles|
|Conecuh County Sheriff's Office||Carbon Hill||Alabama 35549||42 miles|
|Prentiss County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Mississippi 38829||42 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Vernon||Alabama 35592||50 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Alabama 35601||50 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Tupelo||Mississippi 38804||50 miles|
|Alcorn County Sheriff's Office||Corinth||Mississippi 38834||51 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayette||Alabama 35555||52 miles|
|Walker County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Alabama 35501||53 miles|
|Limestone County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Alabama 35612||56 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Savannah||Tennessee 38372||59 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Aberdeen||Mississippi 39730||59 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Tennessee 38485||61 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.