|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||16 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||18 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||20 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||22 miles|
|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001||27 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||34 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||35 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||35 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||39 miles|
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office||Newton||North Carolina 28658||40 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||40 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681||41 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||42 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||North Carolina 28112||46 miles|
|Gaston County Sheriff's Office||Gastonia||North Carolina 28053||46 miles|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Wilkesboro||North Carolina 28697||50 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||50 miles|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||53 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||53 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.