|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||13 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||15 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||17 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Kentucky 40383||19 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||20 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||21 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||24 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||26 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington-Fayette||Kentucky 40507||26 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff Office||Frankfort||Kentucky 40601||27 miles|
|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||30 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||31 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||32 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Kentucky 40324||33 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Kentucky 40065||33 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||34 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||40 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||41 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||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.