|Richland County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||South Carolina 29223|
|Kershaw County Sheriff's Office||Lugoff||South Carolina 29078||18 miles|
|Lexington County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||South Carolina 29072||21 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||St. Matthews||South Carolina 29135||26 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||South Carolina 29180||27 miles|
|Sumter County Sheriff's Office||Sumter||South Carolina 29150||33 miles|
|Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office||Orangeburg||South Carolina 29118||36 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Bishopville||South Carolina 29010||39 miles|
|Newberry County Sheriff's Office||Newberry||South Carolina 29108||43 miles|
|Clarendon County Sheriff's Office||Manning||South Carolina 29102||45 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||49 miles|
|Saluda County Sheriff's Office||Saluda||South Carolina 29138||50 miles|
|Chester County Sheriff's Office||Chester||South Carolina 29706||51 miles|
|Bamberg County Sheriff's Office||Bamberg||South Carolina 29003||51 miles|
|Aiken County Sheriff Office||Aiken||South Carolina 29801||57 miles|
|Darlington County Sheriff's Office||Darlington||South Carolina 29532||59 miles|
|Barnwell County Sheriff's Office||Barnwell||South Carolina 29812||61 miles|
|Edgefield County Sheriff's Office||Edgefield||South Carolina 29824||62 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Union||South Carolina 29379||63 miles|
|Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office||Kingstree||South Carolina 29556||66 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.