|Upson County Sheriff's Office||Thomaston||Georgia 30286||5 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Barnesville||Georgia 30204||17 miles|
|Talbot County Sheriff's Office||Talbotton||Georgia 31827||18 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Knoxville||Georgia 31050||22 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Georgia 31006||22 miles|
|Meriwether County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Georgia 30222||23 miles|
|Spalding County Sheriff's Office||Griffin||Georgia 30224||26 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Forsyth||Georgia 31029||26 miles|
|Harris County Sheriff's Department||Hamilton||Georgia 31811||32 miles|
|Peach County Sheriff's Office||Fort Valley||Georgia 31030||34 miles|
|Butts County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Georgia 30233||37 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Georgia 31803||39 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||McDonough||Georgia 30253||40 miles|
|Troup County Sheriff's Office||LaGrange||Georgia 30241||40 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||Georgia 30214||41 miles|
|Bibb County Sheriff's Office||Macon-Bibb County||Georgia 31201||41 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Oglethorpe||Georgia 31068||43 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Oglethorpe||Georgia 31068||43 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Warner Robins||Georgia 31088||43 miles|
|Schley County Sheriff's Office||Ellaville||Georgia 31806||44 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.