|Charleston County Sheriff's Office||North Charleston||South Carolina 29405|
|Dorchester County Sheriff's Office||Summerville||South Carolina 29483||23 miles|
|Berkeley County Sheriff's Office||Moncks Corner||South Carolina 29461||28 miles|
|Colleton County Sheriff's Office||Walterboro||South Carolina 29488||42 miles|
|Beaufort County Sheriff's Office||Beaufort||South Carolina 29902||50 miles|
|Georgetown County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||South Carolina 29440||55 miles|
|Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office||Kingstree||South Carolina 29556||60 miles|
|Jasper County Sheriff's Office||Ridgeland||South Carolina 29936||63 miles|
|Clarendon County Sheriff's Office||Manning||South Carolina 29102||64 miles|
|Hampton County Sheriff's Office||Varnville||South Carolina 29944||66 miles|
|Bamberg County Sheriff's Office||Bamberg||South Carolina 29003||72 miles|
|Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office||Orangeburg||South Carolina 29118||72 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||St. Matthews||South Carolina 29135||77 miles|
|Allendale County Sheriff's Office||Allendale||South Carolina 29810||81 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Sumter||South Carolina 29150||81 miles|
|Effingham County Sheriff's Office||Springfield||Georgia 31329||85 miles|
|Florence County Sheriff's Office||Effingham||South Carolina 29541||87 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff's Office||Savannah||Georgia 31405||88 miles|
|Barnwell County Sheriff's Office||Barnwell||South Carolina 29812||88 miles|
|Horry County Sheriff's Office||Conway||South Carolina 29526||88 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.