|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||10 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||16 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||19 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||19 miles|
|Wolfe County Sheriff's Office||Campton||Kentucky 41301||23 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||25 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||25 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||30 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Hazard||Kentucky 41701||30 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||31 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||36 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||37 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||39 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||40 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||40 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||41 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||42 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831||45 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Kentucky 40353||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.