|Jackson County Sheriff's Office||Sylva||North Carolina 28779||9 miles|
|Macon County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||North Carolina 28734||15 miles|
|Haywood County Sheriff's Office||Waynesville||North Carolina 28786||15 miles|
|Swain County Sheriff's Office||Bryson City||North Carolina 28713||21 miles|
|Transylvania County Sheriff's Office||Brevard||North Carolina 28712||22 miles|
|Rabun County Sheriff's Office||Clayton||Georgia 30525||31 miles|
|Oconee County Sheriff's Office||Walhalla||South Carolina 29691||35 miles|
|Pickens County Sheriff's Office||Pickens||South Carolina 29671||36 miles|
|Henderson County Sheriff's Office||Hendersonville||North Carolina 28792||38 miles|
|Graham County Sheriff's Office||Robbinsville||North Carolina 28771||39 miles|
|Buncombe County Sheriff's Office||Asheville||North Carolina 28801||39 miles|
|Towns County Sheriff's Office||Hiawassee||Georgia 30546||42 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff's Office||Hayesville||North Carolina 28904||42 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Marshall||North Carolina 28753||44 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.