|Bladen County Sheriff’s Office||Elizabethtown||North Carolina 28337|
|Columbus County Sheriff's Office||Whiteville||North Carolina 28472||20 miles|
|Robeson County Sheriff's Office||Lumberton||North Carolina 28358||29 miles|
|Sampson County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||North Carolina 28328||31 miles|
|Pender County Sheriff's Office||Burgaw||North Carolina 28425||35 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||North Carolina 28301||37 miles|
|New Hanover County Sheriff's Office||Castle Hayne||North Carolina 28429||41 miles|
|Duplin County Sheriff's Office||Kenansville||North Carolina 28349||41 miles|
|Brunswick County Sheriff's Office||Bolivia||North Carolina 28422||43 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||47 miles|
|Dillon County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||South Carolina 29536||49 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Mullins||South Carolina 29574||53 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||54 miles|
|Harnett County Sheriff's Office||Lillington||North Carolina 27546||58 miles|
|Horry County Sheriff's Office||Conway||South Carolina 29526||60 miles|
|Wayne County Sheriff's Office||Goldsboro||North Carolina 27530||63 miles|
|Onslow County Sheriff Department||Jacksonville||North Carolina 28540||64 miles|
|Johnston County Sheriff's Office||Smithfield||North Carolina 27577||64 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||65 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||North Carolina 27330||70 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.