|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||Mississippi 39153|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Bay Springs||Mississippi 39422||12 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Mendenhall||Mississippi 39114||22 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Forest||Mississippi 39074||23 miles|
|Covington County Sheriff's Office||Collins||Mississippi 39428||26 miles|
|Jones County Sheriff's Office||Laurel||Mississippi 39440||31 miles|
|Rankin County Sheriff's Office||Brandon||Mississippi 39042||34 miles|
|Jefferson Davis Sheriff||Prentiss||Mississippi 39474||36 miles|
|Newton County Sheriff's Office||Decatur||Mississippi 39327||36 miles|
|Hinds County Sheriff's Office||Jackson||Mississippi 39205||45 miles|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Quitman||Mississippi 39355||45 miles|
|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Mississippi 39654||48 miles|
|Forrest County Sheriff's Office||Hattiesburg||Mississippi 39401||49 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Canton||Mississippi 39046||51 miles|
|Leake County Sheriff’s Office||Carthage||Mississippi 39051||52 miles|
|Lauderdale County Jail||Meridian||Mississippi 39301||52 miles|
|Copiah County Sheriff's Office||Hazlehurst||Mississippi 39083||53 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff||Waynesboro||Mississippi 39367||55 miles|
|Neshoba County Sheriff's Office||Philadelphia||Mississippi 39350||57 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||57 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.