|Columbus County Sheriff's Office||Whiteville||North Carolina 28472|
|Bladen County Sheriff’s Office||Elizabethtown||North Carolina 28337||25 miles|
|Brunswick County Sheriff's Office||Bolivia||North Carolina 28422||31 miles|
|Robeson County Sheriff's Office||Lumberton||North Carolina 28358||32 miles|
|Horry County Sheriff's Office||Conway||South Carolina 29526||38 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Mullins||South Carolina 29574||40 miles|
|New Hanover County Sheriff's Office||Castle Hayne||North Carolina 28429||43 miles|
|Dillon County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||South Carolina 29536||43 miles|
|Pender County Sheriff's Office||Burgaw||North Carolina 28425||46 miles|
|Sampson County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||North Carolina 28328||54 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||North Carolina 28301||56 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||59 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||59 miles|
|Duplin County Sheriff's Office||Kenansville||North Carolina 28349||62 miles|
|Florence County Sheriff's Office||Effingham||South Carolina 29541||64 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||65 miles|
|Georgetown County Sheriff's Office||Georgetown||South Carolina 29440||72 miles|
|Darlington County Sheriff's Office||Darlington||South Carolina 29532||73 miles|
|Onslow County Sheriff Department||Jacksonville||North Carolina 28540||77 miles|
|Harnett County Sheriff's Office||Lillington||North Carolina 27546||79 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.