|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Georgia 30605||12 miles|
|Oconee County Sheriff's Office||Watkinsville||Georgia 30677||17 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Danielsville||Georgia 30633||18 miles|
|Elbert County Sheriff's Office||Elberton||Georgia 30635||21 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||Georgia 30642||23 miles|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Georgia 30673||26 miles|
|Taliaferro County Sheriff's Office||Crawfordville||Georgia 30631||27 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||Georgia 30549||30 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Georgia 30650||31 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Carnesville||Georgia 30521||33 miles|
|Hart County Sheriff's Office||Hartwell||Georgia 30643||33 miles|
|Walton County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||Georgia 30655||34 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.