|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||19 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||20 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||21 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||23 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Kentucky 42502||25 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Kentucky 40475||27 miles|
|Estill County Sheriff's Office||Irvine||Kentucky 40336||30 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||32 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||34 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||35 miles|
|Owsley County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Kentucky 41314||36 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Beattyville||Kentucky 41311||36 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||39 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||40 miles|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||41 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||Kentucky 40380||42 miles|
|Whitley County Sheriff's Office||Williamsburg||Kentucky 40769||44 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Winchester||Kentucky 40391||44 miles|
|Mccreary County Sheriff's Office||Whitley City||Kentucky 42653||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.