|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Tennessee 38585|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Tennessee 38583||16 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||McMinnville||Tennessee 37110||16 miles|
|Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Tennessee 37367||17 miles|
|Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office||Dunlap||Tennessee 37327||22 miles|
|Grundy County Sheriff's Office||Altamont||Tennessee 37301||24 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Smithville||Tennessee 37166||27 miles|
|Rhea County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Tennessee 37321||29 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Crossville||Tennessee 38555||30 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Cookeville||Tennessee 38501||32 miles|
|Cannon County Sheriff's Office||Woodbury||Tennessee 37190||36 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Tennessee 37355||38 miles|
|Meigs County Sheriff Department||Decatur||Tennessee 37322||39 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Jasper||Tennessee 37347||44 miles|
|Hamilton County Sheriff's Office||Chattanooga||Tennessee 37402||46 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Gainesboro||Tennessee 38562||47 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Tennessee 37030||47 miles|
|Overton County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Tennessee 38570||49 miles|
|Bradley County Sheriff's Office||Cleveland||Tennessee 37311||51 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Winchester||Tennessee 37398||52 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.