|Stanly County Sheriff's Office||Albemarle||North Carolina 28001|
|Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office||Concord||North Carolina 28025||19 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Troy||North Carolina 27371||21 miles|
|Anson County Sheriff's Office||Wadesboro||North Carolina 28170||26 miles|
|Union County Sheriff's Office||Monroe||North Carolina 28112||26 miles|
|Rowan County Sheriff's Office||Salisbury||North Carolina 28144||28 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||34 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Asheboro||North Carolina 27205||34 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||36 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Rockingham||North Carolina 28379||37 miles|
|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||South Carolina 29709||41 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||44 miles|
|Moore County Sheriff's Office||Carthage||North Carolina 28327||47 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||48 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||49 miles|
|Gaston County Sheriff's Office||Gastonia||North Carolina 28053||53 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||54 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||57 miles|
|Marlboro County Sheriff's Office||Bennettsville||South Carolina 29512||57 miles|
|York County Sheriff's Office||York||South Carolina 29745||58 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.