|Nicholas County Sheriff's Office||Carlisle||Kentucky 40311||6 miles|
|Bourbon County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Kentucky 40361||9 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Cynthiana||Kentucky 41031||10 miles|
|Robertson County Sheriff's Office||Mount Olivet||Kentucky 41064||17 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Kentucky 40353||20 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||22 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Owingsville||Kentucky 40360||23 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Kentucky 40324||23 miles|
|Fleming County Sheriff's Office||Flemingsburg||Kentucky 41041||24 miles|
|Bracken County Sheriff's Office||Brooksville||Kentucky 41004||26 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington-Fayette||Kentucky 40507||26 miles|
|Pendleton County Sheriff's Office||Falmouth||Kentucky 41040||28 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Maysville||Kentucky 41056||31 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Williamstown||Kentucky 41097||32 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||35 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Kentucky 40383||36 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||37 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||38 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||39 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Morehead||Kentucky 40351||40 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.