|Mason County Sheriff's Office||Maysville||Kentucky 41056||12 miles|
|Fleming County Sheriff's Office||Flemingsburg||Kentucky 41041||13 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Vanceburg||Kentucky 41179||14 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||West Union||Ohio 45693||16 miles|
|Robertson County Sheriff's Office||Mount Olivet||Kentucky 41064||25 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Morehead||Kentucky 40351||27 miles|
|Bracken County Sheriff's Office||Brooksville||Kentucky 41004||28 miles|
|Brown County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||Ohio 45121||28 miles|
|Nicholas County Sheriff's Office||Carlisle||Kentucky 40311||30 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Owingsville||Kentucky 40360||30 miles|
|Scioto County Sheriff's Office||Portsmouth||Ohio 45662||34 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Grayson||Kentucky 41143||37 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Mount Sterling||Kentucky 40353||40 miles|
|Greenup County Sheriff's Office||Greenup||Kentucky 41144||40 miles|
|Elliott County Sheriff's Office||Sandy Hook||Kentucky 41171||41 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Cynthiana||Kentucky 41031||41 miles|
|Pendleton County Sheriff's Office||Falmouth||Kentucky 41040||42 miles|
|Menifee County Sheriff's Office||Frenchburg||Kentucky 40322||42 miles|
|Bourbon County Sheriff's Office||Paris||Kentucky 40361||44 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.