|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||15 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||19 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||New Augusta||Mississippi 39462||19 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||26 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||33 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||33 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Leakesville||Mississippi 39451||37 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||37 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Mississippi 39355||43 miles|
|Stone County Sheriff's Office||Wiggins||Mississippi 39577||44 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Chatom||Alabama 36518||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.