|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||9 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||12 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||15 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Kentucky 40065||21 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||22 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||23 miles|
|Bullitt County Sheriff||Shepherdsville||Kentucky 40165||25 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||26 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff Office||Frankfort||Kentucky 40601||30 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Kentucky 40383||31 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||33 miles|
|Larue County Sheriff's Office||Hodgenville||Kentucky 42748||35 miles|
|Oldham County Sheriff's Office||La Grange||Kentucky 40031||35 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff Administration||Elizabethtown||Kentucky 42701||35 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Kentucky 40202||36 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Jeffersonville||Indiana 47130||36 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Kentucky 40050||37 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||38 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||40 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||New Albany||Indiana 47150||40 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.