|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Georgia 30434||15 miles|
|Emanuel County Sheriff's Office||Swainsboro||Georgia 30401||17 miles|
|Jenkins County Sheriff's Office||Millen||Georgia 30442||17 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Georgia 30830||22 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Wrightsville||Georgia 31096||28 miles|
|Candler County Sheriff's Office||Metter||Georgia 30439||32 miles|
|Screven County Sheriff's Department||Sylvania||Georgia 30467||35 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Sandersville||Georgia 31082||35 miles|
|Glascock County Sheriff's Office||Gibson||Georgia 30810||35 miles|
|Bulloch County Sheriff's Office||Statesboro||Georgia 30458||37 miles|
|Truetlen County Sheriff||Soperton||Georgia 30457||37 miles|
|Toombs County Sheriff's Office||Lyons||Georgia 30436||43 miles|
|Laurens County Sheriff||Dublin||Georgia 31021||46 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.