|Laurens County Sheriff||Dublin||Georgia 31021||10 miles|
|Dodge County Sheriff's Office||Eastman||Georgia 31023||17 miles|
|Wheeler County Sheriff's Office||Alamo||Georgia 30411||18 miles|
|Telfair County Sheriff's Office||McRae||Georgia 31055||20 miles|
|Truetlen County Sheriff||Soperton||Georgia 30457||21 miles|
|Bleckley County Sheriff's Office||Cochran||Georgia 31014||23 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Georgia 30445||24 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Hawkinsville||Georgia 31036||30 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Wrightsville||Georgia 31096||31 miles|
|Wilcox County Sheriff's Office||Abbeville||Georgia 31001||32 miles|
|Twiggs County Sheriff's Office||Jeffersonville||Georgia 31044||32 miles|
|Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office||Irwinton||Georgia 31042||34 miles|
|Toombs County Sheriff's Office||Lyons||Georgia 30436||38 miles|
|Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Georgia 31539||40 miles|
|Emanuel County Sheriff's Office||Swainsboro||Georgia 30401||40 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Sandersville||Georgia 31082||44 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Warner Robins||Georgia 31088||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.