|Halifax County Sheriff's Office||Halifax||Virginia 24558|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||26 miles|
|Charlotte County Animal Control||Charlotte Court House||Virginia 23923||26 miles|
|Person County Sheriff's Office||Roxboro||North Carolina 27573||26 miles|
|Danville County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Virginia 24541||29 miles|
|Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office||Boydton||Virginia 23917||31 miles|
|Caswell County Sheriff's Office||Yanceyville||North Carolina 27379||33 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Rustburg||Virginia 24588||36 miles|
|Granville County Sheriff's Office||Oxford||North Carolina 27565||37 miles|
|Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office||Lunenburg||Virginia 23952||39 miles|
|Appomattox County Sheriff's Office||Appomattox||Virginia 24522||41 miles|
|Vance County Sheriff's Office||Henderson||North Carolina 27536||42 miles|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||46 miles|
|Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office||Farmville||Virginia 23901||48 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Hillsborough||North Carolina 27278||49 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Virginia 24523||49 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||North Carolina 27589||51 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||52 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320||53 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||53 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.