|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Oglethorpe||Georgia 31068|
|Schley County Sheriff's Office||Ellaville||Georgia 31806||15 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Americus||Georgia 31719||18 miles|
|Dooly County Sheriff's Office||Pinehurst||Georgia 31070||19 miles|
|Peach County Sheriff's Office||Fort Valley||Georgia 31030||21 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff's Office||Butler||Georgia 31006||21 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Georgia 31803||27 miles|
|Crisp County Sheriff's Office||Cordele||Georgia 31015||28 miles|
|Crawford County Sheriff's Office||Knoxville||Georgia 31050||30 miles|
|Houston County Sheriff's Office||Warner Robins||Georgia 31088||31 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Preston||Georgia 31824||32 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Hawkinsville||Georgia 31036||35 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.