|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||25 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Virginia 24266||25 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Welch||West Virginia 24801||27 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Virginia 24651||30 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||31 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||31 miles|
|Wyoming County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||West Virginia 24874||35 miles|
|Wise County Sheriff's Office||Wise||Virginia 24293||36 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Abingdon||Virginia 24210||38 miles|
|Norton County Sheriff's Office||Norton||Virginia 24273||40 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||40 miles|
|Smyth County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Virginia 24354||41 miles|
|Letcher County Sheriff's Office||Whitesburg||Kentucky 41858||45 miles|
|Bristol County Sheriff's Office||Bristol||Virginia 24201||47 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Prestonsburg||Kentucky 41653||49 miles|
|Martin County Sheriff's Office||Inez||Kentucky 41224||50 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||West Virginia 24740||52 miles|
|Knott County Sheriff's Office||Hindman||Kentucky 41822||52 miles|
|Bland County Sheriff's Office||Bland||Virginia 24315||52 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.