|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||15 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||20 miles|
|Pearl River County Chancery Clerk||Poplarville||Mississippi 39470||25 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||28 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||31 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Wiggins||Mississippi 39577||32 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||35 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||38 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||41 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||43 miles|
|Washington Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklinton||Louisiana 70438||46 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||55 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Leakesville||Mississippi 39451||56 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Magnolia||Mississippi 39652||56 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||57 miles|
|George County Sheriff's Office||Lucedale||Mississippi 39452||57 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||58 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||60 miles|
|St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office||Covington||Louisiana 70433||61 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.