|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||16 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||24 miles|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||27 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||28 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Rockingham||North Carolina 28379||28 miles|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||38 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144||39 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||39 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||North Carolina 28112||40 miles|
|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||South Carolina 29709||43 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||North Carolina 27330||43 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||46 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||46 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||49 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||50 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||51 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||53 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||54 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||56 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.