|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||22 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Mississippi 39355||23 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||24 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Mississippi 39327||29 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Forest||Mississippi 39074||32 miles|
|Lauderdale County Jail||Meridian||Mississippi 39301||34 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||36 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||36 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||44 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||49 miles|
|Neshoba County Sheriff's Office||Philadelphia||Mississippi 39350||52 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||52 miles|
|Choctaw County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Alabama 36904||53 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||54 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||56 miles|
|Leake County Sheriff’s Office||Carthage||Mississippi 39051||59 miles|
|Kemper County Sheriff's Office||De Kalb||Mississippi 39328||59 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||63 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Chatom||Alabama 36518||64 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.