|Cook County Sheriff's Office||Adel||Georgia 31620||13 miles|
|Lanier County Sheriff's Office||Lakeland||Georgia 31635||15 miles|
|Tift County Sheriff's Office||Tifton||Georgia 31794||23 miles|
|Lowndes County Sheriff's Office||Valdosta||Georgia 31601||25 miles|
|Atkinson County Sheriff's Office||Pearson||Georgia 31642||25 miles|
|Irwin County Sheriff's Office||Ocilla||Georgia 31774||28 miles|
|Colquitt County Sheriff's Office||Moultrie||Georgia 31776||31 miles|
|Clinch County Sheriff's Office||Homerville||Georgia 31634||32 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||Douglas||Georgia 31533||33 miles|
|Brooks County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Georgia 31643||33 miles|
|Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office||Fitzgerald||Georgia 31750||36 miles|
|Echols County Sheriff's Office||Statenville||Georgia 31648||37 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.