|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Guntersville||Alabama 35976|
|Etowah County Sheriff's Office||Gadsden||Alabama 35901||27 miles|
|Blount County Sheriff's Office||Oneonta||Alabama 35121||28 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Scottsboro||Alabama 35768||30 miles|
|Cullman County Sheriff's Office||Cullman||Alabama 35055||31 miles|
|DeKalb County Sheriff's Office||Fort Payne||Alabama 35968||32 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Alabama 35801||33 miles|
|St Clair County Sheriff's Office||Ashville||Alabama 35953||33 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Alabama 35601||43 miles|
|Limestone County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Alabama 35612||48 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Anniston||Alabama 36201||53 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Moulton||Alabama 35650||57 miles|
|Chattooga County Sheriff's Office||Summerville||Georgia 30747||57 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||Tennessee 37334||60 miles|
|Dade County Sheriff's Office||Trenton||Georgia 30752||60 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Winchester||Tennessee 37398||61 miles|
|Jefferson - Birmingham Division Sheriff's Office||Birmingham||Alabama 35203||61 miles|
|Talladega County Sheriff's Office||Talladega||Alabama 35160||62 miles|
|Winston County Sheriff's Office||Double Springs||Alabama 35553||63 miles|
|Cleburne County Sheriff's Office||Heflin||Alabama 36264||63 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.