|Caroline County Sheriff's Office||Bowling Green||Virginia 22427|
|Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Spotsylvania Courthouse||Virginia 22553||17 miles|
|Hanover County Sheriff's Office||Hanover||Virginia 23069||18 miles|
|King George County Sheriff's Office||King George||Virginia 22485||19 miles|
|Fredericksburg County Sheriff's Office||Fredericksburg||Virginia 22401||20 miles|
|Stafford County Sheriff's Office||Stafford||Virginia 22554||27 miles|
|Essex County Sheriff's Office||Tappahannock||Virginia 22560||28 miles|
|Henrico County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23228||29 miles|
|Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office||Montross||Virginia 22520||29 miles|
|King William County Sheriff's Office||King William||Virginia 23086||30 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Warsaw||Virginia 22572||33 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23223||34 miles|
|Lexington County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23219||34 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||35 miles|
|King And Queen County Sheriff's Office||King and Queen Court House||Virginia 23085||36 miles|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063||37 miles|
|Charles County Sheriff's Office||La Plata||Maryland 20646||40 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Virginia 22960||40 miles|
|New Kent County Sheriff's Office||New Kent||Virginia 23124||41 miles|
|St Marys County Sheriff's Office||Leonardtown||Maryland 20650||44 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.