|Whitfield County Sheriff's Office||Dalton||Georgia 30720||11 miles|
|Gordon County Sheriff's Office||Calhoun||Georgia 30701||17 miles|
|Gilmer County Sheriff's Office||Ellijay||Georgia 30536||18 miles|
|Catoosa County Sheriff's Office||Ringgold||Georgia 30736||21 miles|
|Bradley County Sheriff's Office||Cleveland||Tennessee 37311||25 miles|
|Fannin County Sheriff's Office||Blue Ridge||Georgia 30513||27 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Benton||Tennessee 37307||28 miles|
|Walker County Sheriff's Office||LaFayette||Georgia 30728||29 miles|
|Pickens County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Georgia 30143||30 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Chattanooga||Tennessee 37402||35 miles|
|Chattooga County Sheriff's Office||Summerville||Georgia 30747||38 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Rome||Georgia 30161||40 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.