|Powhatan County Sheriff's Office||Powhatan||Virginia 23139|
|Goochland County Sheriff's Office||Goochland||Virginia 23063||10 miles|
|Amelia County Sheriff's Office||Amelia Court House||Virginia 23002||15 miles|
|Cumberland County Sheriff's Office||Cumberland||Virginia 23040||19 miles|
|Henrico County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23228||22 miles|
|Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office||Chesterfield||Virginia 23832||25 miles|
|Lexington County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23219||26 miles|
|Richmond County Sheriff's Office||Richmond||Virginia 23223||27 miles|
|Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office||Palmyra||Virginia 22963||29 miles|
|Nottoway County Sheriff's Office||Crewe||Virginia 23930||31 miles|
|Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office||Farmville||Virginia 23901||31 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||33 miles|
|Hanover County Sheriff's Office||Hanover||Virginia 23069||33 miles|
|Colonial Heights County Sheriff's Office||Colonial Heights||Virginia 23834||35 miles|
|Sheriff's Department||Buckingham||Virginia 23921||35 miles|
|Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office||Dinwiddie||Virginia 23841||37 miles|
|Petersburg County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||Virginia 23803||37 miles|
|Hopewell County Sheriff's Office||Hopewell||Virginia 23860||38 miles|
|Prince George County Sheriff's Office||Prince George||Virginia 23875||41 miles|
|Lunenburg County Sheriff's Office||Lunenburg||Virginia 23952||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.