|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||8 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||10 miles|
|Patrick County Sheriff's Office||Stuart||Virginia 24171||16 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Reidsville||North Carolina 27320||19 miles|
|Stokes County Sheriff's Office||Danbury||North Carolina 27016||19 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Rocky Mount||Virginia 24151||26 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Floyd||Virginia 24091||28 miles|
|Danville County Sheriff's Office||Danville||Virginia 24541||32 miles|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||35 miles|
|Caswell County Sheriff's Office||Yanceyville||North Carolina 27379||39 miles|
|Forsyth County Sheriff's Office||Winston-Salem||North Carolina 27101||39 miles|
|Guilford County Sheriff's Office||Greensboro||North Carolina 27401||39 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Christiansburg||Virginia 24073||42 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Hillsville||Virginia 24343||43 miles|
|Surry County Sheriff's Office||Dobson||North Carolina 27017||44 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Roanoke||Virginia 24003||45 miles|
|Salem County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||46 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||47 miles|
|Radford County Sheriff's Office||Radford||Virginia 24141||47 miles|
|Alamance County Sheriff's Office||Graham||North Carolina 27253||50 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.