|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063|
|Powhatan County Sheriff's Office||Powhatan||Virginia 23139||12 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||21 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||21 miles|
|Henrico County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23228||23 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Cumberland||Virginia 23040||24 miles|
|Amelia County Sheriff's Office||Amelia Court House||Virginia 23002||26 miles|
|Lexington County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23219||29 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23223||30 miles|
|Hanover County Sheriff's Office||Hanover||Virginia 23069||30 miles|
|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||Virginia 23832||32 miles|
|Sheriff's Department||Buckingham||Virginia 23921||37 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Virginia 22960||37 miles|
|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||37 miles|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||37 miles|
|Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Spotsylvania Courthouse||Virginia 22553||38 miles|
|Caroline County Sheriff's Office||Bowling Green||Virginia 22427||39 miles|
|Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office||Farmville||Virginia 23901||39 miles|
|Nottoway County Sheriff's Office||Crewe||Virginia 23930||42 miles|
|Colonial Heights County Sheriff's Office||Colonial Heights||Virginia 23834||43 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.