|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||North Carolina 27330|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||16 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||17 miles|
|Harnett County Sheriff's Office||Lillington||North Carolina 27546||21 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||North Carolina 28301||34 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||34 miles|
|Wake County Sheriff's Office||Raleigh||North Carolina 27601||36 miles|
|Durham County Sheriff's Office||Durham||North Carolina 27701||39 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||39 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||41 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Hillsborough||North Carolina 27278||42 miles|
|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253||43 miles|
|Johnston County Sheriff's Office||Smithfield||North Carolina 27577||46 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Rockingham||North Carolina 28379||50 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||51 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||54 miles|
|Sampson County Sheriff's Office||Clinton||North Carolina 28328||58 miles|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||58 miles|
|Robeson County Sheriff's Office||Lumberton||North Carolina 28358||62 miles|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||62 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.