|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||12 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||15 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||18 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||19 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||23 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Kentucky 42502||26 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||28 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||30 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||34 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||35 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||37 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||38 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||39 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Jamestown||Kentucky 42629||39 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||41 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Kentucky 40383||41 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington-Fayette||Kentucky 40507||42 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||42 miles|
|Adair County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Kentucky 42728||43 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.