|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Bay Saint Louis||Mississippi 39520|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Gulfport||Mississippi 39501||23 miles|
|Pearl River County Chancery Clerk||Poplarville||Mississippi 39470||31 miles|
|Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office||New Orleans||Louisiana 70119||36 miles|
|St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office||Covington||Louisiana 70433||37 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Wiggins||Mississippi 39577||38 miles|
|St Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office||Chalmette||Louisiana 70043||42 miles|
|Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office||Belle Chasse||Louisiana 70037||48 miles|
|Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office||Harvey||Louisiana 70058||48 miles|
|Washington Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklinton||Louisiana 70438||51 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||52 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Pascagoula||Mississippi 39567||55 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||62 miles|
|St Charles Parish Sheriff's Office||Hahnville||Louisiana 70057||63 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||63 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||64 miles|
|George County Sheriff's Office||Lucedale||Mississippi 39452||65 miles|
|St John Parish Sherriff's Office||Laplace||Louisiana 70068||65 miles|
|Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office||Amite City||Louisiana 70422||65 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||66 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.