|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Virginia 24523|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||19 miles|
|Botetourt County Sheriff's Office||Fincastle||Virginia 24090||23 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Rustburg||Virginia 24588||24 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Roanoke||Virginia 24003||24 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||29 miles|
|Salem County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||29 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Rocky Mount||Virginia 24151||30 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||30 miles|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||32 miles|
|Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Virginia 24450||34 miles|
|Craig County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Virginia 24127||35 miles|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||35 miles|
|Appomattox County Sheriff's Office||Appomattox||Virginia 24522||38 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Virginia 24426||41 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||44 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||47 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949||48 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Christiansburg||Virginia 24073||50 miles|
|Halifax County Sheriff's Office||Halifax||Virginia 24558||50 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.