|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||18 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||19 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||19 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||21 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||21 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||22 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||28 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||32 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||34 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||34 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||35 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||36 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||38 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||39 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Kentucky 42502||39 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||42 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||44 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||45 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||45 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.