|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Kentucky 40069||10 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Bardstown||Kentucky 40004||17 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Harrodsburg||Kentucky 40330||17 miles|
|Spencer County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||Kentucky 40071||18 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Kentucky 40033||19 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Kentucky 40342||20 miles|
|Boyle County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Kentucky 40422||24 miles|
|Shelby County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Kentucky 40065||27 miles|
|Woodford County Sheriff's Office||Versailles||Kentucky 40383||27 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff Office||Frankfort||Kentucky 40601||30 miles|
|Jessamine County Sheriff's Office||Nicholasville||Kentucky 40356||31 miles|
|Bullitt County Sheriff||Shepherdsville||Kentucky 40165||33 miles|
|Garrard County Sheriff's Office||Lancaster||Kentucky 40444||34 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Kentucky 40484||35 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff||Campbellsville||Kentucky 42718||36 miles|
|Casey County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Kentucky 42539||37 miles|
|Larue County Sheriff's Office||Hodgenville||Kentucky 42748||37 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Lexington-Fayette||Kentucky 40507||38 miles|
|Hardin County Sheriff Administration||Elizabethtown||Kentucky 42701||40 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Kentucky 40324||41 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.