|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Hillsborough||North Carolina 27278||17 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||22 miles|
|Caswell County Sheriff's Office||Yanceyville||North Carolina 27379||25 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||26 miles|
|Durham County Sheriff's Office||Durham||North Carolina 27701||28 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320||32 miles|
|Person County Sheriff's Office||Roxboro||North Carolina 27573||34 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||35 miles|
|Danville County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Virginia 24541||37 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||North Carolina 27330||42 miles|
|Wake County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||North Carolina 27601||46 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||47 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||48 miles|
|Granville County Sheriff's Office||Oxford||North Carolina 27565||49 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||50 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||52 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||52 miles|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||53 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||55 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.