|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Cookeville||Tennessee 38501|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Tennessee 38583||15 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Gainesboro||Tennessee 38562||18 miles|
|Overton County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Tennessee 38570||20 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Smithville||Tennessee 37166||22 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Tennessee 37030||27 miles|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Tennessee 38585||28 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Celina||Tennessee 38551||28 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Crossville||Tennessee 38555||30 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||McMinnville||Tennessee 37110||34 miles|
|Pickett County Sheriff's Office||Byrdstown||Tennessee 38549||36 miles|
|Fentress County Sheriff's Office||Jamestown||Tennessee 38556||37 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Tennessee 37083||38 miles|
|Cannon County Sheriff's Office||Woodbury||Tennessee 37190||39 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff||Tompkinsville||Kentucky 42167||40 miles|
|Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Tennessee 37367||41 miles|
|Trousdale County Sheriff's Office||Hartsville||Tennessee 37074||41 miles|
|Clinton County Sheriff's Office||Albany||Kentucky 42602||43 miles|
|Wilson County Sheriff's Department||Lebanon||Tennessee 37087||44 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Burkesville||Kentucky 42717||45 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.