|Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office||Marlinton||West Virginia 24954|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Warm Springs||Virginia 24484||23 miles|
|Highland County Sheriff's Office||Monterey||Virginia 24465||24 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Webster Springs||West Virginia 26288||24 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Virginia 24426||38 miles|
|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Elkins||West Virginia 26241||42 miles|
|Pendleton County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||West Virginia 26807||42 miles|
|Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office||Lewisburg||West Virginia 24901||43 miles|
|Braxton County Sheriff||Sutton||West Virginia 26601||44 miles|
|Nicholas County Sheriff's Office||Summersville||West Virginia 26651||46 miles|
|Upshur County Sheriff's Office||Buckhannon||West Virginia 26201||47 miles|
|Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Virginia 24450||48 miles|
|Augusta County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24401||52 miles|
|Staunton County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24402||53 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Weston||West Virginia 26452||55 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||55 miles|
|Tucker County Sheriff's Office||Parsons||West Virginia 26287||56 miles|
|Barbour County Sheriff's Office||Philippi||West Virginia 26416||57 miles|
|Craig County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Virginia 24127||58 miles|
|Botetourt County Sheriff's Office||Fincastle||Virginia 24090||58 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.