|Gilmer County Sheriff's Office||Glenville||West Virginia 26351||8 miles|
|Ritchie County Sheriff's Office||Harrisville||West Virginia 26362||17 miles|
|Calhoun County Sheriff's Office||Grantsville||West Virginia 26147||17 miles|
|Doddridge County Sheriff's Office||West Union||West Virginia 26456||18 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Weston||West Virginia 26452||20 miles|
|Braxton County Sheriff||Sutton||West Virginia 26601||27 miles|
|Wirt County Sheriff's Office||Elizabeth||West Virginia 26143||31 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Clarksburg||West Virginia 26301||31 miles|
|Tyler County Sheriff's Office||Middlebourne||West Virginia 26149||31 miles|
|Pleasants County Sheriff's Office||St. Marys||West Virginia 26170||31 miles|
|Upshur County Sheriff's Office||Buckhannon||West Virginia 26201||32 miles|
|Roane County Sheriff's Office||Spencer||West Virginia 25276||33 miles|
|Wetzel County Sheriff's Office||New Martinsville||West Virginia 26155||42 miles|
|Wood County Sheriff's Office||Parkersburg||West Virginia 26101||42 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Marietta||Ohio 45750||42 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff||Clay||West Virginia 25043||43 miles|
|Barbour County Sheriff's Office||Philippi||West Virginia 26416||43 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Webster Springs||West Virginia 26288||45 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.