|Loudoun County Sheriff's Office||Leesburg||Virginia 20175|
|Clarke County Sheriff's Office||Berryville||Virginia 22611||19 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff Office||Kearneysville||West Virginia 25430||22 miles|
|Fairfax County Sheriff's Office||Fairfax||Virginia 22030||24 miles|
|Prince William County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||24 miles|
|Manassas Park County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||25 miles|
|Manassas County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||25 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Rockville||Maryland 20850||26 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Frederick||Maryland 21701||27 miles|
|Fauquier County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Virginia 20186||27 miles|
|Falls Church County Sheriff's Office||Falls Church||Virginia 22046||28 miles|
|Frederick County Sheriff's Office||Winchester||Virginia 22601||29 miles|
|Winchester County Sheriff's Office||Winchester||Virginia 22601||29 miles|
|Berkeley County Sheriff's Office||Martinsburg||West Virginia 25401||31 miles|
|Arlington County Sheriff's Office||Arlington||Virginia 22201||33 miles|
|Warren County Sheriff's Office VIRGINIA||Front Royal||Virginia 22630||33 miles|
|Alexandria County Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Virginia 22314||37 miles|
|Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Virginia 22747||38 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Hagerstown||Maryland 21740||39 miles|
|Culpeper County Sheriff's Office||Culpeper||Virginia 22701||46 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.