|White County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Tennessee 38583|
|Van Buren County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||Tennessee 38585||13 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Cookeville||Tennessee 38501||16 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Smithville||Tennessee 37166||20 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||McMinnville||Tennessee 37110||23 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Crossville||Tennessee 38555||24 miles|
|Bledsoe County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Tennessee 37367||27 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Gainesboro||Tennessee 38562||32 miles|
|Overton County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Tennessee 38570||33 miles|
|Cannon County Sheriff's Office||Woodbury||Tennessee 37190||35 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Tennessee 37030||36 miles|
|Grundy County Sheriff's Office||Altamont||Tennessee 37301||38 miles|
|Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office||Dunlap||Tennessee 37327||38 miles|
|Rhea County Sheriff's Office||Dayton||Tennessee 37321||39 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Celina||Tennessee 38551||43 miles|
|Fentress County Sheriff's Office||Jamestown||Tennessee 38556||45 miles|
|Meigs County Sheriff Department||Decatur||Tennessee 37322||47 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Tennessee 37355||47 miles|
|Pickett County Sheriff's Office||Byrdstown||Tennessee 38549||48 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Wartburg||Tennessee 37887||50 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.