|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401|
|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253||22 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320||22 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||26 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||28 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||31 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||33 miles|
|Caswell County Sheriff's Office||Yanceyville||North Carolina 27379||34 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Hillsborough||North Carolina 27278||39 miles|
|Danville County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Virginia 24541||41 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||42 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||43 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||45 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||46 miles|
|Patrick County Sheriff's Office||Stuart||Virginia 24171||47 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144||47 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||49 miles|
|Person County Sheriff's Office||Roxboro||North Carolina 27573||50 miles|
|Durham County Sheriff's Office||Durham||North Carolina 27701||50 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||50 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.