|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Tennessee 38301|
|Chester County Sheriff's Office||Henderson||Tennessee 38340||15 miles|
|Crockett County Sheriff Department||Alamo||Tennessee 38001||21 miles|
|Haywood County Sheriff's Office||Brownsville||Tennessee 38012||24 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Tennessee 38351||25 miles|
|Hardeman County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Tennessee 38008||26 miles|
|Gibson County Sheriff's Office||Trenton||Tennessee 38382||27 miles|
|Mcnairy County Sheriff's Office||Selmer||Tennessee 38375||34 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Huntingdon||Tennessee 38344||36 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Somerville||Tennessee 38068||40 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Office||Decaturville||Tennessee 38329||40 miles|
|Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office||Ripley||Tennessee 38063||42 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff's Office||Savannah||Tennessee 38372||42 miles|
|Dyer County Sheriff's Office||Dyersburg||Tennessee 38024||43 miles|
|Tipton County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Tennessee 38019||46 miles|
|Weakley County Sheriff's Office||Dresden||Tennessee 38225||47 miles|
|Alcorn County Sheriff's Office||Corinth||Mississippi 38834||50 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Camden||Tennessee 38320||52 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Linden||Tennessee 37096||55 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Tennessee 38242||55 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.