|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Forest||Mississippi 39074|
|Leake County Sheriff’s Office||Carthage||Mississippi 39051||24 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Mississippi 39327||25 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||27 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||28 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Canton||Mississippi 39046||32 miles|
|Neshoba County Sheriff's Office||Philadelphia||Mississippi 39350||34 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||34 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||38 miles|
|Hinds County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Mississippi 39205||39 miles|
|Attala County Sheriff's Office||Kosciusko||Mississippi 39090||44 miles|
|Lauderdale County Jail||Meridian||Mississippi 39301||49 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||54 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Mississippi 39355||54 miles|
|Winston County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Mississippi 39339||56 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||56 miles|
|Holmes County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Mississippi 39095||56 miles|
|Kemper County Sheriff's Office||De Kalb||Mississippi 39328||56 miles|
|Yazoo County Sheriff's Office||Yazoo||Mississippi 39194||59 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||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.