|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Leesburg||Georgia 31763|
|Dougherty County Sheriff's Office||Albany||Georgia 31701||12 miles|
|Terrell County Sheriff Department||Dawson||Georgia 39842||18 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Americus||Georgia 31719||23 miles|
|Worth County Sheriff's Office||Sylvester||Georgia 31791||24 miles|
|Crisp County Sheriff's Office||Cordele||Georgia 31015||24 miles|
|Turner County Sheriff's Office||Ashburn||Georgia 31714||30 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Morgan||Georgia 39866||31 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Preston||Georgia 31824||32 miles|
|Schley County Sheriff's Office||Ellaville||Georgia 31806||35 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Office||Camilla||Georgia 31730||36 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Cuthbert||Georgia 39840||36 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Oglethorpe||Georgia 31068||38 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Oglethorpe||Georgia 31068||38 miles|
|Dooly County Sheriff's Office||Pinehurst||Georgia 31070||38 miles|
|Tift County Sheriff's Office||Tifton||Georgia 31794||42 miles|
|Stewart County Sheriff's Office||Lumpkin||Georgia 31815||44 miles|
|Colquitt County Sheriff's Office||Moultrie||Georgia 31776||44 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Georgia 31803||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.