|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||North Carolina 28753|
|Buncombe County Sheriff's Office||Asheville||North Carolina 28801||20 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Greeneville||Tennessee 37743||22 miles|
|Yancey County Sheriff's Office||Burnsville||North Carolina 28714||24 miles|
|Unicoi County Sheriff's Office||Erwin||Tennessee 37650||26 miles|
|Cocke County Sheriff's Department||Newport||Tennessee 37821||27 miles|
|Haywood County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||North Carolina 28786||32 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Jonesborough||Tennessee 37659||33 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Department||Bakersville||North Carolina 28705||33 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Hendersonville||North Carolina 28792||41 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Marion||North Carolina 28752||41 miles|
|Hamblen County Sheriff||Morristown||Tennessee 37814||41 miles|
|Hawkins County Sheriff's Office||Rogersville||Tennessee 37857||41 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Dandridge||Tennessee 37725||42 miles|
|Transylvania County Sheriff's Office||Brevard||North Carolina 28712||44 miles|
|Carter County Sheriff's Office||Elizabethton||Tennessee 37643||44 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Sylva||North Carolina 28779||44 miles|
|Avery County Sheriff's Office||Newland||North Carolina 28657||47 miles|
|Sevier County Sheriff Department officer garren lies||Sevierville||Tennessee 37862||48 miles|
|Sullivan County Sheriff's Office||Blountville||Tennessee 37617||51 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.