|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Rockingham||North Carolina 28379|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||18 miles|
|Scotland County Sheriff's Office||Laurinburg||North Carolina 28352||23 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||26 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||26 miles|
|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||South Carolina 29709||26 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||30 miles|
|Hoke County Sheriff's Office||Raeford||North Carolina 28376||31 miles|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||35 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||North Carolina 28112||40 miles|
|Dillon County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||South Carolina 29536||46 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||46 miles|
|Lee County Sheriff's Office||Sanford||North Carolina 27330||46 miles|
|Robeson County Sheriff's Office||Lumberton||North Carolina 28358||49 miles|
|Darlington County Sheriff's Office||Darlington||South Carolina 29532||50 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||North Carolina 28301||50 miles|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||54 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||58 miles|
|Chatham County Sheriff Department||Pittsboro||North Carolina 27312||59 miles|
|Harnett County Sheriff's Office||Lillington||North Carolina 27546||60 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.