|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||17 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Stanardsville||Virginia 22973||17 miles|
|Waynesboro County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Virginia 22980||22 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||26 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Virginia 22727||26 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949||28 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Virginia 22960||28 miles|
|Staunton County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24402||32 miles|
|Augusta County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24401||33 miles|
|Sheriff's Department||Buckingham||Virginia 23921||34 miles|
|Harrisonburg County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||35 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||35 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Cumberland||Virginia 23040||40 miles|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063||40 miles|
|Culpeper County Sheriff's Office||Culpeper||Virginia 22701||40 miles|
|Page County Sheriff's Office||Luray||Virginia 22835||43 miles|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||44 miles|
|Powhatan County Sheriff's Office||Powhatan||Virginia 23139||46 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.