|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||West Virginia 24740|
|Bland County Sheriff's Office||Bland||Virginia 24315||21 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pearisburg||Virginia 24134||21 miles|
|Summers County Sheriff's Office||Hinton||West Virginia 25951||22 miles|
|Raleigh County Sheriff's Office||Beckley||West Virginia 25801||26 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Welch||West Virginia 24801||26 miles|
|Wyoming County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||West Virginia 24874||27 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Virginia 24651||30 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||31 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||32 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Union||West Virginia 24983||34 miles|
|Radford County Sheriff's Office||Radford||Virginia 24141||36 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Christiansburg||Virginia 24073||43 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||West Virginia 25840||45 miles|
|Smyth County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Virginia 24354||46 miles|
|Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office||Lewisburg||West Virginia 24901||46 miles|
|Carroll County Sheriff's Office||Hillsville||Virginia 24343||49 miles|
|Galax County Sheriff's Office||Galax||Virginia 24333||52 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Virginia 24348||54 miles|
|Craig County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Virginia 24127||55 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.