|Harris County Sheriff's Department||Hamilton||Georgia 31811||7 miles|
|Troup County Sheriff's Office||LaGrange||Georgia 30241||10 miles|
|Meriwether County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||Georgia 30222||15 miles|
|Talbot County Sheriff's Office||Talbotton||Georgia 31827||25 miles|
|Muscogee County Sheriff||Columbus||Georgia 31901||28 miles|
|Chambers County Sheriff's Office||La Fayette||Alabama 36862||29 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Phenix||Alabama 36869||30 miles|
|Heard County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Georgia 30217||31 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Opelika||Alabama 36801||33 miles|
|Upson County Sheriff's Office||Thomaston||Georgia 30286||34 miles|
|Coweta County Sheriff's Office||Newnan||Georgia 30263||36 miles|
|Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Office||Cusseta||Georgia 31805||39 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Georgia 31803||44 miles|
|Spalding County Sheriff's Office||Griffin||Georgia 30224||44 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Georgia 31006||45 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Wedowee||Alabama 36278||45 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Barnesville||Georgia 30204||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.