|Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office||Pontotoc||Mississippi 38863|
|Union County Jail||New Albany||Mississippi 38652||18 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Tupelo||Mississippi 38804||19 miles|
|Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Mississippi 38851||21 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Pittsboro||Mississippi 38951||26 miles|
|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Oxford||Mississippi 38655||29 miles|
|Yalobusha County Sheriff's Office||Water Valley||Mississippi 38965||34 miles|
|Tippah County Sheriff's Office||Ripley||Mississippi 38663||35 miles|
|Itawamba County Sheriff's Office||Fulton||Mississippi 38843||36 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Aberdeen||Mississippi 39730||40 miles|
|Prentiss County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Mississippi 38829||41 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Mississippi 38603||43 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Holly Springs||Mississippi 38635||46 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||West Point||Mississippi 39773||48 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Eupora||Mississippi 39744||49 miles|
|Panola County Sheriff's Office||Sardis||Mississippi 38666||52 miles|
|Grenada County Sheriff's Office||Grenada||Mississippi 38901||53 miles|
|Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office||Starkville||Mississippi 39759||54 miles|
|Alcorn County Sheriff's Office||Corinth||Mississippi 38834||57 miles|
|Tallahatchie County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||Mississippi 38921||60 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.