|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||21 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153||25 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||26 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||26 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||28 miles|
|Copiah County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Mississippi 39083||28 miles|
|Hinds County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Mississippi 39205||31 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||37 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Brookhaven||Mississippi 39601||38 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Forest||Mississippi 39074||40 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||45 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Canton||Mississippi 39046||48 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||48 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||54 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||56 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Mississippi 39327||60 miles|
|Lamar County Sheriff's Office||Purvis||Mississippi 39475||60 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Magnolia||Mississippi 39652||61 miles|
|Claiborne County Sheriff's Office||Port Gibson||Mississippi 39150||63 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.