|Panola County Sheriff's Office||Sardis||Mississippi 38666|
|Tate County Sheriff's Office||Senatobia||Mississippi 38668||17 miles|
|Quitman County Sheriff's Office||Marks||Mississippi 38646||19 miles|
|Yalobusha County Sheriff's Office||Water Valley||Mississippi 38965||24 miles|
|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Oxford||Mississippi 38655||25 miles|
|Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||Mississippi 38921||25 miles|
|Desoto County Sheriff's Office||Hernando||Mississippi 38632||32 miles|
|Tunica County Sheriff's Office||Tunica||Mississippi 38676||33 miles|
|Coahoma County Sheriff's Office||Clarksdale||Mississippi 38614||37 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Helena-West Helena||Arkansas 72342||37 miles|
|Grenada County Sheriff's Office||Grenada||Mississippi 38901||41 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Holly Springs||Mississippi 38635||42 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Pittsboro||Mississippi 38951||47 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Marianna||Arkansas 72360||53 miles|
|Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office||Pontotoc||Mississippi 38863||54 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Memphis||Tennessee 38103||54 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Mississippi 38603||55 miles|
|Union County Jail||New Albany||Mississippi 38652||55 miles|
|Crittenden County Sheriff's Office||West Memphis||Arkansas 72301||57 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff||Carrollton||Mississippi 38917||59 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.