|Stafford County Sheriff's Office||Stafford||Virginia 22554|
|Fredericksburg County Sheriff's Office||Fredericksburg||Virginia 22401||8 miles|
|Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office||Spotsylvania Courthouse||Virginia 22553||16 miles|
|King George County Sheriff's Office||King George||Virginia 22485||17 miles|
|Manassas County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||23 miles|
|Manassas Park County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||23 miles|
|Prince William County Sheriff's Office||Manassas||Virginia 20110||23 miles|
|Caroline County Sheriff's Office||Bowling Green||Virginia 22427||26 miles|
|Charles County Sheriff's Office||La Plata||Maryland 20646||27 miles|
|Fauquier County Sheriff's Office||Warrenton||Virginia 20186||28 miles|
|Culpeper County Sheriff's Office||Culpeper||Virginia 22701||30 miles|
|Fairfax County Sheriff's Office||Fairfax||Virginia 22030||31 miles|
|Orange County Sheriff's Office||Orange||Virginia 22960||34 miles|
|Alexandria County Sheriff's Office||Alexandria||Virginia 22314||34 miles|
|Falls Church County Sheriff's Office||Falls Church||Virginia 22046||36 miles|
|Arlington County Sheriff's Office||Arlington||Virginia 22201||38 miles|
|Louisa County Sheriff's Office||Louisa||Virginia 23093||40 miles|
|Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office||Montross||Virginia 22520||41 miles|
|Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office||Washington||Virginia 22747||43 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Madison||Virginia 22727||44 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.