|Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office||Amite City||Louisiana 70422|
|St Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office||Covington||Louisiana 70433||21 miles|
|St Helena Parish Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Louisiana 70441||21 miles|
|Washington Parish Sheriff's Office||Franklinton||Louisiana 70438||21 miles|
|Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Louisiana 70754||22 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Magnolia||Mississippi 39652||36 miles|
|Walthall County Sheriff's Office||Tylertown||Mississippi 39667||38 miles|
|St John Parish Sherriff's Office||Laplace||Louisiana 70068||38 miles|
|East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Office||Clinton||Louisiana 70722||40 miles|
|Amite County Sheriff's Office||Liberty||Mississippi 39645||44 miles|
|St Charles Parish Sheriff's Office||Hahnville||Louisiana 70057||45 miles|
|Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office||New Orleans||Louisiana 70119||48 miles|
|West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office||Port Allen||Louisiana 70767||49 miles|
|St. James Parish Sheriff's Civil Division||Convent||Louisiana 70723||50 miles|
|Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office||Donaldsonville||Louisiana 70346||50 miles|
|Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office||Harvey||Louisiana 70058||53 miles|
|St Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office||Chalmette||Louisiana 70043||54 miles|
|Pearl River County Chancery Clerk||Poplarville||Mississippi 39470||54 miles|
|Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office||Plaquemine||Louisiana 70764||55 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||Mississippi 39429||55 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.