|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Gainesboro||Tennessee 38562|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Celina||Tennessee 38551||16 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Cookeville||Tennessee 38501||17 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Tennessee 37030||17 miles|
|Overton County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Tennessee 38570||20 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Tennessee 37083||21 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff||Tompkinsville||Kentucky 42167||24 miles|
|Trousdale County Sheriff's Office||Hartsville||Tennessee 37074||27 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Smithville||Tennessee 37166||28 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Tennessee 38583||31 miles|
|Pickett County Sheriff's Office||Byrdstown||Tennessee 38549||34 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Burkesville||Kentucky 42717||35 miles|
|Wilson County Sheriff's Department||Lebanon||Tennessee 37087||36 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Albany||Kentucky 42602||38 miles|
|Allen County Sheriff's Office||Scottsville||Kentucky 42164||40 miles|
|Fentress County Sheriff's Office||Jamestown||Tennessee 38556||42 miles|
|Cannon County Sheriff's Office||Woodbury||Tennessee 37190||42 miles|
|Sumner County Sheriff's Office||Gallatin||Tennessee 37066||43 miles|
|Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office||Edmonton||Kentucky 42129||44 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Tennessee 38585||44 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.