|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||10 miles|
|Larue County Sheriff's Office||Hodgenville||Kentucky 42748||13 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff Administration||Elizabethtown||Kentucky 42701||17 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||18 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||18 miles|
|Bullitt County Sheriff||Shepherdsville||Kentucky 40165||23 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||26 miles|
|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||27 miles|
|Green County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Kentucky 42743||29 miles|
|Hart County Sheriff's Office||Munfordville||Kentucky 42765||33 miles|
|Meade County Sheriff's Office||Brandenburg||Kentucky 40108||36 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||39 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Kentucky 40065||41 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Louisville||Kentucky 40202||41 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||42 miles|
|Adair County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Kentucky 42728||42 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||43 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Jeffersonville||Indiana 47130||43 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff||Leitchfield||Kentucky 42754||43 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||43 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.