Virginia Sheriff

See Virginia Sheriffs and search free public sheriff records. Sheriffs are law enforcement officers which enforce laws and keep public order. Sheriffs are usually elected by their regional counties.


Sheriffs by County

Accomack County Alexandria Amelia County Amherst County Appomattox County Arlington County Bath County Bedford County Bland County Botetourt County Bristol Brunswick County Buchanan County Buckingham County Buena Vista Campbell County Caroline County Carroll County Charles City County Charlotte County Charlottesville Chesapeake Chesterfield County Clarke County Colonial Heights Covington Craig County Culpeper County Cumberland County Danville Dickenson County Dinwiddie County Emporia Essex County Fairfax Falls Church Fauquier County Floyd County Fluvanna County Franklin County Fredericksburg Galax Giles County Gloucester County Goochland County Grayson County Greene County Halifax County Hampton Hanover County Harrisonburg Highland County Hopewell Isle of Wight County King George County King William County King and Queen County Lancaster County Lee County Lexington Loudoun County Louisa County Lunenburg County Lynchburg Madison County Manassas Martinsville Mathews County Mecklenburg County Middlesex County Montgomery County Nelson County New Kent County Newport News Norfolk Northampton County Northumberland County Norton Nottoway County Orange County Page County Patrick County Petersburg Pittsylvania County Poquoson Portsmouth Powhatan County Prince Edward County Prince George County Pulaski County Radford Rappahannock County Richmond County Richmond Roanoke Russell County Salem Scott County Shenandoah County Smyth County Southampton County Spotsylvania County Stafford County Staunton Suffolk Surry County Sussex County Tazewell County Virginia Beach Warren County Washington County Waynesboro Westmoreland County Williamsburg Winchester Wise County Wythe County York County

About Sheriffs

A sheriff is an elected law enforcement official for a county. Sheriffs usually have policing jurisdiction over unincorporated areas of the county, though in some states, sheriffs have jurisdiction throughout the state.

In many locations, the sheriff also runs the county jail.

The sheriff keeps records on criminal arrests, incidents reported to the sheriff, traffic collision reports, and other records. Many of these records are available to the public.

Records available from a Sheriff

The Sheriff's Office keeps a number of records. This includes records on crimes committed in the sheriff's jurisdiction, traffic incidents, and other records produced in the course of the sheriff's business. If the sheriff is charged with running the county jail, the Sheriff's Office will also have jail records.

The Sheriff's Office makes arrest reports and incident reports. Arrest reports contain basic information about the arrest, including the name of those arrested, the location, and the number of charges. If an individual resisted arrest or the patrol officer used force, this will be recorded in the arrest report.

The Sheriff's Office also produces incident reports. This includes accident reports, citizen reports of crimes, and 911 calls for assistance. Incident reports list the time, location, and nature of the incident, as well as any injuries or weapons found at the scene.

Arrest reports and incident reports are often included in summary logs produced by the Sheriff's Office. These summary logs are typically available to the public, and they can be searched through online databases maintained by local Sheriff's Offices.

Sheriffs may request that certain records remain sealed if they believe public access might endanger those involved in the case or hamper the investigation. Some of these files may be available in court records after the conclusion of the case.

In some locations, the sheriff runs the county jail. Where that is the case, the sheriff can also provide information on current or former inmates, including the facility housing the prisoner, the release date, and the court that charged the prisoner. Some Sheriff's Offices provide online inmate locators.

In addition to arrest records and incident reports, Sheriff's Offices also have records on their operations. This includes annual reports, strategic plans, and in some cases, department manuals.

Many sheriff department records are available online. If they are not, you can file a records request with the Sheriff's Office or request documents by email, telephone, or in person.