|Tazewell County Sheriff's Office||Tazewell||Virginia 24651|
|Smyth County Sheriff's Office||Marion||Virginia 24354||20 miles|
|Mcdowell County Sheriff's Office||Welch||West Virginia 24801||21 miles|
|Bland County Sheriff's Office||Bland||Virginia 24315||25 miles|
|Wythe County Sheriff's Office||Wytheville||Virginia 24382||29 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Princeton||West Virginia 24740||30 miles|
|Buchanan County Sheriff's Office||Grundy||Virginia 24614||31 miles|
|Wyoming County Sheriff's Office||Pineville||West Virginia 24874||32 miles|
|Russell County Sheriff's Office||Lebanon||Virginia 24266||32 miles|
|Washington County Sheriff's Office||Abingdon||Virginia 24210||37 miles|
|Grayson County Sheriff's Office||Independence||Virginia 24348||41 miles|
|Pulaski County Sheriff's Office||Pulaski||Virginia 24301||44 miles|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office||Mountain City||Tennessee 37683||47 miles|
|Giles County Sheriff's Office||Pearisburg||Virginia 24134||48 miles|
|Galax County Sheriff's Office||Galax||Virginia 24333||48 miles|
|Ashe County Sheriff's Office||Jefferson||North Carolina 28640||49 miles|
|Alleghany County Sheriff's Office||Sparta||North Carolina 28675||49 miles|
|Dickenson County Sheriff's Office||Clintwood||Virginia 24228||49 miles|
|Bristol County Sheriff's Office||Bristol||Virginia 24201||50 miles|
|Raleigh County Sheriff's Office||Beckley||West Virginia 25801||50 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.