|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Wilkesboro||North Carolina 28697||15 miles|
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office||Newton||North Carolina 28658||18 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||20 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff's Office||Lenoir||North Carolina 28645||22 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||30 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Morganton||North Carolina 28655||31 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||33 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||35 miles|
|Watauga County Sheriff's Office||Boone||North Carolina 28607||36 miles|
|Ashe County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||North Carolina 28640||38 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||North Carolina 28675||41 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||42 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144||43 miles|
|Avery County Sheriff's Office||Newland||North Carolina 28657||43 miles|
|Gaston County Sheriff's Office||Gastonia||North Carolina 28053||46 miles|
|Cleveland County Sheriff's Office||Shelby||North Carolina 28150||48 miles|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||49 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Virginia 24348||49 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Marion||North Carolina 28752||51 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.