|Union County Sheriff's Office||Union||South Carolina 29379|
|Chester County Sheriff's Office||Chester||South Carolina 29706||22 miles|
|Cherokee County Sheriff's Office||Gaffney||South Carolina 29340||26 miles|
|Laurens County Sheriff's Office||Laurens||South Carolina 29360||27 miles|
|Newberry County Sheriff's Office||Newberry||South Carolina 29108||28 miles|
|Spartanburg County Sheriff||Spartanburg||South Carolina 29303||29 miles|
|York County Sheriff's Office||York||South Carolina 29745||31 miles|
|Fairfield County Sheriff's Office||Winnsboro||South Carolina 29180||37 miles|
|Cleveland County Sheriff's Office||Shelby||North Carolina 28150||42 miles|
|Greenville County Sheriff's Office||Greenville||South Carolina 29601||45 miles|
|Gaston County Sheriff's Office||Gastonia||North Carolina 28053||46 miles|
|Greenwood County Sheriff's Office||Greenwood||South Carolina 29646||47 miles|
|Saluda County Sheriff's Office||Saluda||South Carolina 29138||48 miles|
|Lancaster County Detention Center||Lancaster||South Carolina 29720||51 miles|
|Rutherford County Sheriff's Office||Rutherfordton||North Carolina 28139||51 miles|
|Polk County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||North Carolina 28722||51 miles|
|Lexington County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||South Carolina 29072||53 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Abbeville||South Carolina 29620||56 miles|
|Richland County Sheriff's Office||Columbia||South Carolina 29223||57 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Charlotte||North Carolina 28202||57 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.