|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||North Carolina 28722|
|Rutherford County Sheriff's Office||Rutherfordton||North Carolina 28139||13 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Hendersonville||North Carolina 28792||17 miles|
|Spartanburg County Sheriff||Spartanburg||South Carolina 29303||23 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Marion||North Carolina 28752||28 miles|
|Buncombe County Sheriff's Office||Asheville||North Carolina 28801||31 miles|
|Greenville County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||South Carolina 29601||32 miles|
|Transylvania County Sheriff's Office||Brevard||North Carolina 28712||32 miles|
|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Gaffney||South Carolina 29340||33 miles|
|Cleveland County Sheriff's Office||Shelby||North Carolina 28150||36 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Morganton||North Carolina 28655||41 miles|
|Pickens County Sheriff's Office||Pickens||South Carolina 29671||41 miles|
|Yancey County Sheriff's Office||Burnsville||North Carolina 28714||45 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||North Carolina 28753||46 miles|
|Haywood County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||North Carolina 28786||49 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Union||South Carolina 29379||50 miles|
|Mitchell County Sheriff's Department||Bakersville||North Carolina 28705||51 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff's Office||Lenoir||North Carolina 28645||54 miles|
|Laurens County Sheriff's Office||Laurens||South Carolina 29360||54 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||54 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.