|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||South Carolina 29709|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||23 miles|
|Darlington County Sheriff's Office||Darlington||South Carolina 29532||27 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||27 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||North Carolina 28112||29 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Bishopville||South Carolina 29010||29 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Rockingham||North Carolina 28379||30 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||33 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||41 miles|
|Kershaw County Sheriff's Office||Lugoff||South Carolina 29078||41 miles|
|Florence County Sheriff's Office||Effingham||South Carolina 29541||47 miles|
|Dillon County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||South Carolina 29536||47 miles|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||49 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Sumter||South Carolina 29150||50 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||52 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||56 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||South Carolina 29180||56 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Mullins||South Carolina 29574||57 miles|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||58 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||58 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.