|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||20 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||20 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||21 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||23 miles|
|Whitley County Sheriff's Office||Williamsburg||Kentucky 40769||26 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Kentucky 42502||27 miles|
|Mccreary County Sheriff's Office||Whitley City||Kentucky 42653||33 miles|
|Bell County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||Kentucky 40977||34 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||35 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||39 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||40 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||41 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||41 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||43 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Kentucky 42633||45 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||45 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||47 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831||48 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||51 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.