|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Welch||West Virginia 24801|
|Wyoming County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||West Virginia 24874||15 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Virginia 24651||20 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614||25 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||West Virginia 24740||31 miles|
|Bland County Sheriff's Office||Bland||Virginia 24315||36 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||37 miles|
|Raleigh County Sheriff's Office||Beckley||West Virginia 25801||38 miles|
|Smyth County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Virginia 24354||39 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||39 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Virginia 24266||40 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||44 miles|
|Summers County Sheriff's Office||Hinton||West Virginia 25951||47 miles|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||47 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Madison||West Virginia 25130||48 miles|
|Pike County Sheriff's Office||Pikeville||Kentucky 41502||48 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Abingdon||Virginia 24210||50 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pearisburg||Virginia 24134||51 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||54 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||West Virginia 25840||56 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.