|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||North Carolina 28734|
|Swain County Sheriff's Office||Bryson City||North Carolina 28713||16 miles|
|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Sylva||North Carolina 28779||17 miles|
|Rabun County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Georgia 30525||21 miles|
|Graham County Sheriff's Office||Robbinsville||North Carolina 28771||24 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Hayesville||North Carolina 28904||25 miles|
|Towns County Sheriff's Office||Hiawassee||Georgia 30546||26 miles|
|Haywood County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||North Carolina 28786||30 miles|
|Oconee County Sheriff's Office||Walhalla||South Carolina 29691||35 miles|
|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Murphy||North Carolina 28906||36 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Blairsville||Georgia 30512||37 miles|
|Transylvania County Sheriff's Office||Brevard||North Carolina 28712||38 miles|
|Habersham County Sheriff's Office||Clarkesville||Georgia 30523||40 miles|
|Stephens County Sheriff's Office||Toccoa||Georgia 30577||42 miles|
|White County Sheriff's Office||Cleveland||Georgia 30528||44 miles|
|Pickens County Sheriff's Office||Pickens||South Carolina 29671||46 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.