|Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office||Lexington||Virginia 24450||1 miles|
|Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office||Buena Vista||Virginia 24416||8 miles|
|Bath County Sheriff's Office||Warm Springs||Virginia 24484||25 miles|
|Amherst County Sheriff's Office||Amherst||Virginia 24521||27 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Virginia 24426||29 miles|
|Augusta County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24401||31 miles|
|Staunton County Sheriff's Office||Staunton||Virginia 24402||32 miles|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||32 miles|
|Botetourt County Sheriff's Office||Fincastle||Virginia 24090||32 miles|
|Nelson County Sheriff's Office||Lovingston||Virginia 22949||32 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Virginia 24523||35 miles|
|Waynesboro County Sheriff's Office||Waynesboro||Virginia 22980||35 miles|
|Highland County Sheriff's Office||Monterey||Virginia 24465||42 miles|
|Campbell County Sheriff's Office||Rustburg||Virginia 24588||42 miles|
|Craig County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Virginia 24127||42 miles|
|Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office||Marlinton||West Virginia 24954||45 miles|
|Appomattox County Sheriff's Office||Appomattox||Virginia 24522||46 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Roanoke||Virginia 24003||46 miles|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||49 miles|
|Salem County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153||49 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.