|Whitley County Sheriff's Office||Williamsburg||Kentucky 40769|
|Knox County Sheriff's Office||Barbourville||Kentucky 40906||16 miles|
|Mccreary County Sheriff's Office||Whitley City||Kentucky 42653||18 miles|
|Bell County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||Kentucky 40977||24 miles|
|Laurel County Sheriff's Office||London||Kentucky 40741||26 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Jacksboro||Tennessee 37757||29 miles|
|Scott County Sheriff's Office||Huntsville||Tennessee 37756||32 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Kentucky 42502||34 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Kentucky 40962||35 miles|
|Claiborne County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Tennessee 37879||38 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Monticello||Kentucky 42633||39 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Maynardville||Tennessee 37807||40 miles|
|Rockcastle County Sheriff's Office||Mount Vernon||Kentucky 40456||42 miles|
|Anderson County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||Tennessee 37716||45 miles|
|Harlan County Sheriff's Office||Harlan||Kentucky 40831||46 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||McKee||Kentucky 40447||47 miles|
|Grainger County Sheriff's Office||Rutledge||Tennessee 37861||48 miles|
|Fentress County Sheriff's Office||Jamestown||Tennessee 38556||49 miles|
|Leslie County Sheriff's Office||Hyden||Kentucky 41749||51 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Wartburg||Tennessee 37887||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.