|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144||17 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||21 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||21 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||23 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||30 miles|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||31 miles|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||34 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||35 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||35 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||37 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||43 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320||48 miles|
|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253||49 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||51 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||53 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||54 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681||55 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||58 miles|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||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.