|Raleigh County Sheriff's Office||Beckley||West Virginia 25801|
|Wyoming County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||West Virginia 24874||19 miles|
|Summers County Sheriff's Office||Hinton||West Virginia 25951||21 miles|
|Fayette County Sheriff's Office||Fayetteville||West Virginia 25840||22 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Welch||West Virginia 24801||29 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||West Virginia 24740||29 miles|
|Boone County Sheriff's Office||Madison||West Virginia 25130||37 miles|
|Logan County Sheriff's Office||Logan||West Virginia 25601||40 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Union||West Virginia 24983||41 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pearisburg||Virginia 24134||42 miles|
|Nicholas County Sheriff's Office||Summersville||West Virginia 26651||42 miles|
|Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office||Lewisburg||West Virginia 24901||46 miles|
|Kanawha County Sheriff's Office||Charleston||West Virginia 25301||46 miles|
|Bland County Sheriff's Office||Bland||Virginia 24315||46 miles|
|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Virginia 24651||47 miles|
|Clay County Sheriff||Clay||West Virginia 25043||49 miles|
|Mingo County Sheriff's Department||Williamson||West Virginia 25661||56 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||56 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614||57 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||57 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.