|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153|
|Salem County Sheriff's Office||Salem||Virginia 24153|
|Roanoke County Sheriff's Office||Roanoke||Virginia 24003||5 miles|
|Craig County Sheriff's Office||New Castle||Virginia 24127||15 miles|
|Botetourt County Sheriff's Office||Fincastle||Virginia 24090||18 miles|
|Franklin County Sheriff's Office||Rocky Mount||Virginia 24151||22 miles|
|Montgomery County Sheriff's Office||Christiansburg||Virginia 24073||22 miles|
|Floyd County Sheriff's Office||Floyd||Virginia 24091||30 miles|
|Radford County Sheriff's Office||Radford||Virginia 24141||30 miles|
|Bedford County Sheriff's Office||Bedford||Virginia 24523||30 miles|
|Monroe County Sheriff's Office||Union||West Virginia 24983||34 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Covington||Virginia 24426||34 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pearisburg||Virginia 24134||37 miles|
|Henry County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||39 miles|
|Greenbrier County Sheriff's Office||Lewisburg||West Virginia 24901||42 miles|
|Martinsville County Sheriff's Office||Martinsville||Virginia 24112||42 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||43 miles|
|Patrick County Sheriff's Office||Stuart||Virginia 24171||46 miles|
|Lynchburg County Sheriff's Office||Lynchburg||Virginia 24505||48 miles|
|Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Chatham||Virginia 24531||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.