|Hancock County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Georgia 31087||15 miles|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Georgia 30673||16 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Georgia 30828||17 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||Georgia 30642||17 miles|
|Mcduffie County Sheriff's Office||Thomson||Georgia 30824||24 miles|
|Oglethorpe County Sheriff's Office||Crawford||Georgia 30630||27 miles|
|Glascock County Sheriff's Office||Gibson||Georgia 30810||28 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||Georgia 30817||29 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Eatonton||Georgia 31024||32 miles|
|Columbia County Sheriff's Office||Appling||Georgia 30802||34 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Georgia 30650||34 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Athens||Georgia 30605||36 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.