|Augusta County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24401||4 miles|
|Staunton County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24402||5 miles|
|Waynesboro County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Virginia 22980||16 miles|
|Harrisonburg County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||24 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||24 miles|
|Highland County Sheriff's Office||Monterey||Virginia 24465||29 miles|
|Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Virginia 24450||30 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949||32 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||32 miles|
|Pendleton County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||West Virginia 26807||34 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Warm Springs||Virginia 24484||36 miles|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||38 miles|
|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||38 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Stanardsville||Virginia 22973||40 miles|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||41 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Virginia 22727||50 miles|
|Page County Sheriff's Office||Luray||Virginia 22835||50 miles|
|Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office||Marlinton||West Virginia 24954||51 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||53 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Virginia 24426||53 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.