|Garrett County Sheriff's Office||Oakland||Maryland 21550|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Keyser||West Virginia 26726||18 miles|
|Preston County Sheriff's Office||Kingwood||West Virginia 26537||23 miles|
|Allegany County Sheriff Department||Cumberland||Maryland 21502||27 miles|
|Hampshire County Sheriff's Office||Romney||West Virginia 26757||31 miles|
|Somerset County Sheriff's Office||Somerset||Pennsylvania 15501||34 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Uniontown||Pennsylvania 15401||34 miles|
|Monongalia County Sheriff's Office||Morgantown||West Virginia 26505||37 miles|
|Hardy County Sheriffs Office||Moorefield||West Virginia 26836||37 miles|
|Tucker County Sheriff's Office||Parsons||West Virginia 26287||38 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||West Virginia 26847||39 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff Office||Grafton||West Virginia 26354||42 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Fairmont||West Virginia 26555||47 miles|
|Barbour County Sheriff's Office||Philippi||West Virginia 26416||49 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Pennsylvania 15522||52 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Elkins||West Virginia 26241||53 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Waynesburg||Pennsylvania 15370||54 miles|
|Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office||Greensburg||Pennsylvania 15601||54 miles|
|Morgan County Sheriff's Office||Berkeley Springs||West Virginia 25411||56 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Clarksburg||West Virginia 26301||60 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.