|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||17 miles|
|Waynesboro County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Virginia 22980||19 miles|
|Sheriff's Department||Buckingham||Virginia 23921||24 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||26 miles|
|Augusta County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24401||27 miles|
|Staunton County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24402||27 miles|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||28 miles|
|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||28 miles|
|Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Virginia 24450||30 miles|
|Appomattox County Sheriff's Office||Appomattox||Virginia 24522||30 miles|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||32 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||35 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Rustburg||Virginia 24588||38 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Cumberland||Virginia 23040||40 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Stanardsville||Virginia 22973||43 miles|
|Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office||Farmville||Virginia 23901||43 miles|
|Harrisonburg County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||45 miles|
|Rockingham County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||45 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Virginia 24523||47 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.