|Heard County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Georgia 30217|
|Coweta County Sheriff's Office||Newnan||Georgia 30263||19 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Department||Carrollton||Georgia 30116||20 miles|
|Troup County Sheriff's Office||LaGrange||Georgia 30241||21 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Wedowee||Alabama 36278||23 miles|
|Meriwether County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Georgia 30222||30 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||La Fayette||Alabama 36862||32 miles|
|Haralson County Sheriffs Office||Buchanan||Georgia 30113||36 miles|
|Cleburne County Sheriff's Office||Heflin||Alabama 36264||37 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Department||Hamilton||Georgia 31811||38 miles|
|Douglas County Sheriff's Office||Douglasville||Georgia 30134||38 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||Georgia 30214||39 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Alabama 36251||45 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Georgia 30236||46 miles|
|Clayton County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Georgia 30236||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.