|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||19 miles|
|Galax County Sheriff's Office||Galax||Virginia 24333||21 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Hillsville||Virginia 24343||24 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||North Carolina 28675||25 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||26 miles|
|Patrick County Sheriff's Office||Stuart||Virginia 24171||28 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Virginia 24348||30 miles|
|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Wilkesboro||North Carolina 28697||33 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||33 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||36 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Floyd||Virginia 24091||40 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||43 miles|
|Ashe County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||North Carolina 28640||43 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||44 miles|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681||44 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||45 miles|
|Davidson County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||North Carolina 27292||47 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||49 miles|
|Radford County Sheriff's Office||Radford||Virginia 24141||49 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.