|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Virginia 22960|
|Culpeper County Sheriff's Office||Culpeper||Virginia 22701||15 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||16 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Virginia 22727||16 miles|
|Greene County Sheriff's Office||Stanardsville||Virginia 22973||22 miles|
|Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Spotsylvania Courthouse||Virginia 22553||23 miles|
|Fredericksburg County Sheriff's Office||Fredericksburg||Virginia 22401||29 miles|
|Albemarle County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||30 miles|
|Charlottesville County Sheriff's Office||Charlottesville||Virginia 22902||30 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||30 miles|
|Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Virginia 22747||33 miles|
|Fauquier County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Virginia 20186||34 miles|
|Stafford County Sheriff's Office||Stafford||Virginia 22554||34 miles|
|Page County Sheriff's Office||Luray||Virginia 22835||38 miles|
|Caroline County Sheriff's Office||Bowling Green||Virginia 22427||39 miles|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063||39 miles|
|King George County Sheriff's Office||King George||Virginia 22485||45 miles|
|Prince William County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||45 miles|
|Manassas Park County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||45 miles|
|Manassas County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||45 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.