|Randolph County Sheriff's Office||Elkins||West Virginia 26241|
|Tucker County Sheriff's Office||Parsons||West Virginia 26287||24 miles|
|Upshur County Sheriff's Office||Buckhannon||West Virginia 26201||24 miles|
|Barbour County Sheriff's Office||Philippi||West Virginia 26416||27 miles|
|Highland County Sheriff's Office||Monterey||Virginia 24465||30 miles|
|Pendleton County Sheriff's Office||Franklin||West Virginia 26807||30 miles|
|Webster County Sheriff's Office||Webster Springs||West Virginia 26288||36 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Weston||West Virginia 26452||37 miles|
|Taylor County Sheriff Office||Grafton||West Virginia 26354||40 miles|
|Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office||Marlinton||West Virginia 24954||41 miles|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Office||Clarksburg||West Virginia 26301||43 miles|
|Grant County Sheriff's Office||Petersburg||West Virginia 26847||43 miles|
|Braxton County Sheriff||Sutton||West Virginia 26601||46 miles|
|Preston County Sheriff's Office||Kingwood||West Virginia 26537||49 miles|
|Garrett County Sheriff's Office||Oakland||Maryland 21550||50 miles|
|Marion County Sheriff's Office||Fairmont||West Virginia 26555||50 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Warm Springs||Virginia 24484||51 miles|
|Hardy County Sheriffs Office||Moorefield||West Virginia 26836||52 miles|
|Gilmer County Sheriff's Office||Glenville||West Virginia 26351||53 miles|
|Harrisonburg County Sheriff's Office||Harrisonburg||Virginia 22801||59 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.