|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Gaffney||South Carolina 29340|
|Cleveland County Sheriff's Office||Shelby||North Carolina 28150||17 miles|
|Spartanburg County Sheriff||Spartanburg||South Carolina 29303||21 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Union||South Carolina 29379||23 miles|
|York County Sheriff's Office||York||South Carolina 29745||24 miles|
|Gaston County Sheriff's Office||Gastonia||North Carolina 28053||28 miles|
|Rutherford County Sheriff's Office||Rutherfordton||North Carolina 28139||30 miles|
|Chester County Sheriff's Office||Chester||South Carolina 29706||32 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||North Carolina 28722||36 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||37 miles|
|Laurens County Sheriff's Office||Laurens||South Carolina 29360||45 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||45 miles|
|Greenville County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||South Carolina 29601||46 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Morganton||North Carolina 28655||46 miles|
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office||Newton||North Carolina 28658||47 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Marion||North Carolina 28752||49 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Hendersonville||North Carolina 28792||51 miles|
|Newberry County Sheriff's Office||Newberry||South Carolina 29108||53 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||South Carolina 29180||55 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||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.