|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Inez||Kentucky 41224||9 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Paintsville||Kentucky 41240||10 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Kentucky 41230||14 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Prestonsburg||Kentucky 41653||16 miles|
|Magoffin County Sheriff's Office||Salyersville||Kentucky 41465||24 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Wayne||West Virginia 25570||25 miles|
|Elliott County Sheriff's Office||Sandy Hook||Kentucky 41171||27 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||28 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||West Liberty||Kentucky 41472||31 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Grayson||Kentucky 41143||32 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||32 miles|
|Boyd County Sheriff's Office||Catlettsburg||Kentucky 41129||34 miles|
|Cabell County Sheriff's Office||Huntington||West Virginia 25701||36 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||38 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Hamlin||West Virginia 25523||40 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Ironton||Ohio 45638||42 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||44 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Morehead||Kentucky 40351||45 miles|
|Greenup County Sheriff's Office||Greenup||Kentucky 41144||45 miles|
|Breathitt County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Kentucky 41339||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.