|Blaine County Sheriff's Office||Chinook||Montana 59523|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||35 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Malta||Montana 59538||50 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||89 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||92 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||97 miles|
|County Sheriff||Winnett||Montana 59087||103 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||106 miles|
|Valley County Sheriff||Glasgow||Montana 59230||108 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Jordan||Montana 59337||122 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||125 miles|
|Toole County Sheriff||Shelby||Montana 59474||132 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||138 miles|
|Musselshell County Sheriff's Office||Roundup||Montana 59072||138 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||143 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||148 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||154 miles|
|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427||154 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Wolf Point||Montana 59201||155 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||158 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.