|Larue County Sheriff's Office||Hodgenville||Kentucky 42748|
|Hardin County Sheriff Administration||Elizabethtown||Kentucky 42701||14 miles|
|Hart County Sheriff's Office||Munfordville||Kentucky 42765||21 miles|
|Green County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Kentucky 42743||22 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||23 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||24 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||24 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||28 miles|
|Bullitt County Sheriff||Shepherdsville||Kentucky 40165||31 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff||Leitchfield||Kentucky 42754||33 miles|
|Meade County Sheriff's Office||Brandenburg||Kentucky 40108||37 miles|
|Adair County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Kentucky 42728||37 miles|
|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||39 miles|
|Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office||Edmonton||Kentucky 42129||39 miles|
|Edmonson County Sheriff||Brownsville||Kentucky 42210||40 miles|
|Barren County Sheriff's Office||Glasgow||Kentucky 42141||40 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||44 miles|
|Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office||Hardinsburg||Kentucky 40143||45 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||49 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Kentucky 40202||49 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.