|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Jonesville||Virginia 24263||13 miles|
|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Sneedville||Tennessee 37869||22 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||23 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||27 miles|
|Bell County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||Kentucky 40977||28 miles|
|Letcher County Sheriff's Office||Whitesburg||Kentucky 41858||28 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Virginia 24273||33 miles|
|Hawkins County Sheriff's Office||Rogersville||Tennessee 37857||33 miles|
|Claiborne County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Tennessee 37879||34 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||35 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||36 miles|
|Wise County Sheriff's Office||Wise||Virginia 24293||36 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||37 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Gate City||Virginia 24251||39 miles|
|Grainger County Sheriff's Office||Rutledge||Tennessee 37861||43 miles|
|Hamblen County Sheriff||Morristown||Tennessee 37814||45 miles|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||47 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||49 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||49 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.