|Wilson County Sheriff's Department||Lebanon||Tennessee 37087|
|Trousdale County Sheriff's Office||Hartsville||Tennessee 37074||18 miles|
|Sumner County Sheriff's Office||Gallatin||Tennessee 37066||19 miles|
|Smith County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||Tennessee 37030||20 miles|
|Rutherford County Sheriff's Office||Murfreesboro||Tennessee 37129||23 miles|
|Cannon County Sheriff's Office||Woodbury||Tennessee 37190||25 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Nashville||Tennessee 37201||28 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Lafayette||Tennessee 37083||29 miles|
|Dekalb County Sheriff's Office||Smithville||Tennessee 37166||30 miles|
|Williamson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Tennessee 37064||37 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Gainesboro||Tennessee 38562||39 miles|
|Robertson County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Tennessee 37172||41 miles|
|Allen County Sheriff's Office||Scottsville||Kentucky 42164||42 miles|
|Simpson County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||Kentucky 42134||43 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||McMinnville||Tennessee 37110||43 miles|
|Cheatham County Sheriff's Office||Ashland City||Tennessee 37015||44 miles|
|Putnam County Sheriff's Office||Cookeville||Tennessee 38501||44 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Shelbyville||Tennessee 37160||47 miles|
|Coffee County Sheriff's Office||Manchester||Tennessee 37355||48 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||Tennessee 38583||48 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.