|Leon County Sheriff's Office||Tallahassee||Florida 32304||7 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Florida 32344||21 miles|
|Wakulla County Sheriff's Office||Crawfordville||Florida 32327||21 miles|
|Gadsden County Sheriff's Office||Quincy||Florida 32351||22 miles|
|Grady County Sheriff's Office||Cairo||Georgia 39828||28 miles|
|Thomas County Sheriff's Office||Thomasville||Georgia 31792||29 miles|
|Decatur County Sheriff's Office||Bainbridge||Georgia 39817||37 miles|
|Brooks County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Georgia 31643||45 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Bristol||Florida 32321||45 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Perry||Florida 32347||46 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Florida 32340||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.