|Boyd County Sheriff's Office||Catlettsburg||Kentucky 41129||3 miles|
|Cabell County Sheriff's Office||Huntington||West Virginia 25701||7 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Ohio 45638||12 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Wayne||West Virginia 25570||13 miles|
|Greenup County Sheriff's Office||Greenup||Kentucky 41144||19 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Kentucky 41230||19 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Grayson||Kentucky 41143||21 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Hamlin||West Virginia 25523||26 miles|
|Scioto County Sheriff's Office||Portsmouth||Ohio 45662||33 miles|
|Gallia County Sheriff's Office||Gallipolis||Ohio 45631||35 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Inez||Kentucky 41224||37 miles|
|Elliott County Sheriff's Office||Sandy Hook||Kentucky 41171||37 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Winfield||West Virginia 25213||38 miles|
|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Point Pleasant||West Virginia 25550||39 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Paintsville||Kentucky 41240||42 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Vanceburg||Kentucky 41179||43 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Ohio 45640||46 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Madison||West Virginia 25130||46 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.