|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Georgia 31064||13 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||McDonough||Georgia 30253||16 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Forsyth||Georgia 31029||18 miles|
|Spalding County Sheriff's Office||Griffin||Georgia 30224||20 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Barnesville||Georgia 30204||21 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Georgia 30014||24 miles|
|Rockdale County Sheriff's Office||Conyers||Georgia 30012||25 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Georgia 30236||28 miles|
|Clayton County Sheriff's Office||Jonesboro||Georgia 30236||28 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||Georgia 30214||31 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Gray||Georgia 31032||31 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Georgia 30650||32 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.