|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||21 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||22 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||24 miles|
|Caswell County Sheriff's Office||Yanceyville||North Carolina 27379||25 miles|
|Danville County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Virginia 24541||25 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||26 miles|
|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253||30 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||32 miles|
|Patrick County Sheriff's Office||Stuart||Virginia 24171||32 miles|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||37 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Rocky Mount||Virginia 24151||43 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Hillsborough||North Carolina 27278||44 miles|
|Person County Sheriff's Office||Roxboro||North Carolina 27573||44 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||47 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Floyd||Virginia 24091||47 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||49 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||52 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||52 miles|
|Halifax County Sheriff's Office||Halifax||Virginia 24558||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.