|Ware County Sheriff's Office||Waycross||Georgia 31503||12 miles|
|Atkinson County Sheriff's Office||Pearson||Georgia 31642||15 miles|
|Bacon County Sheriff's Office||Alma||Georgia 31510||19 miles|
|Clinch County Sheriff's Office||Homerville||Georgia 31634||19 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||Douglas||Georgia 31533||21 miles|
|Pierce County Sheriff's Office||Blackshear||Georgia 31516||22 miles|
|Lanier County Sheriff's Office||Lakeland||Georgia 31635||33 miles|
|Brantley County Sheriff's Office||Nahunta||Georgia 31553||37 miles|
|Appling County Sheriff's Office||Baxley||Georgia 31513||37 miles|
|Jeff Davis County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Georgia 31539||40 miles|
|Berrien County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Georgia 31639||40 miles|
|Irwin County Sheriff's Office||Ocilla||Georgia 31774||44 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.