|Sheriff's Department||Buckingham||Virginia 23921|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Cumberland||Virginia 23040||16 miles|
|Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office||Farmville||Virginia 23901||20 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949||22 miles|
|Appomattox County Sheriff's Office||Appomattox||Virginia 24522||22 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||25 miles|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||29 miles|
|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||32 miles|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||32 miles|
|Powhatan County Sheriff's Office||Powhatan||Virginia 23139||33 miles|
|Amelia County Sheriff's Office||Amelia Court House||Virginia 23002||34 miles|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063||36 miles|
|Charlotte County Animal Control||Charlotte Court House||Virginia 23923||37 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Rustburg||Virginia 24588||38 miles|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||38 miles|
|Waynesboro County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Virginia 22980||39 miles|
|Nottoway County Sheriff's Office||Crewe||Virginia 23930||40 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||42 miles|
|Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office||Lunenburg||Virginia 23952||45 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||47 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.