|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||16 miles|
|Letcher County Sheriff's Office||Whitesburg||Kentucky 41858||18 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||24 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Prestonsburg||Kentucky 41653||26 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||27 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||27 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||28 miles|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||30 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Paintsville||Kentucky 41240||32 miles|
|Wise County Sheriff's Office||Wise||Virginia 24293||33 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Virginia 24273||34 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831||41 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||41 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Inez||Kentucky 41224||41 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||42 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||42 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||42 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||44 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614||47 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.