|Wilkes County Sheriff's Office||Wilkesboro||North Carolina 28697|
|Alexander County Sheriff's Office||Taylorsville||North Carolina 28681||21 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||North Carolina 28675||21 miles|
|Ashe County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||North Carolina 28640||22 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||28 miles|
|Yadkin County Sheriff's Office||Yadkinville||North Carolina 27055||29 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Virginia 24348||29 miles|
|Watauga County Sheriff's Office||Boone||North Carolina 28607||30 miles|
|Caldwell County Sheriff's Office||Lenoir||North Carolina 28645||32 miles|
|Iredell County Sheriff's Office||Statesville||North Carolina 28687||34 miles|
|Galax County Sheriff's Office||Galax||Virginia 24333||35 miles|
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office||Newton||North Carolina 28658||38 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Mountain City||Tennessee 37683||40 miles|
|Davie County Sheriff's Office||Mocksville||North Carolina 27028||40 miles|
|Avery County Sheriff's Office||Newland||North Carolina 28657||43 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Morganton||North Carolina 28655||44 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Hillsville||Virginia 24343||45 miles|
|Smyth County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Virginia 24354||47 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Lincolnton||North Carolina 28092||50 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||51 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.