|Union County Jail||New Albany||Mississippi 38652|
|Pontotoc County Sheriff's Office||Pontotoc||Mississippi 38863||16 miles|
|Tippah County Sheriff's Office||Ripley||Mississippi 38663||17 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Tupelo||Mississippi 38804||23 miles|
|Benton County Sheriff's Office||Ashland||Mississippi 38603||26 miles|
|Prentiss County Sheriff's Office||Booneville||Mississippi 38829||29 miles|
|Lafayette County Sheriff's Office||Oxford||Mississippi 38655||31 miles|
|Marshall County Sheriff's Office||Holly Springs||Mississippi 38635||33 miles|
|Itawamba County Sheriff's Office||Fulton||Mississippi 38843||37 miles|
|Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office||Houston||Mississippi 38851||39 miles|
|Alcorn County Sheriff's Office||Corinth||Mississippi 38834||41 miles|
|Yalobusha County Sheriff's Office||Water Valley||Mississippi 38965||43 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Pittsboro||Mississippi 38951||43 miles|
|Tishomingo County Sheriff's Office||Iuka||Mississippi 38852||50 miles|
|Mcnairy County Sheriff's Office||Selmer||Tennessee 38375||51 miles|
|Panola County Sheriff's Office||Sardis||Mississippi 38666||52 miles|
|Hardeman County Sheriff's Office||Bolivar||Tennessee 38008||53 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Aberdeen||Mississippi 39730||53 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Somerville||Tennessee 38068||55 miles|
|Tate County Sheriff's Office||Senatobia||Mississippi 38668||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.