|Lawrence County Sheriff's Office||Lawrenceburg||Tennessee 38464||13 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Hohenwald||Tennessee 38462||16 miles|
|Maury County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Tennessee 38401||20 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Tennessee 38478||21 miles|
|Hickman County Sheriff's Office||Centerville||Tennessee 37033||25 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Tennessee 38485||27 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Lewisburg||Tennessee 37091||29 miles|
|Perry County Sheriff's Office||Linden||Tennessee 37096||32 miles|
|Williamson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Tennessee 37064||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.