|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||22 miles|
|Boundary County Sheriff's Office||Bonners Ferry||Idaho 83805||29 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||42 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923||49 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||59 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Colville||Washington 99114||60 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||67 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||70 miles|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||78 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||84 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||99 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||105 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||107 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||112 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||116 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||122 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||128 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||132 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Pomeroy||Washington 99347||136 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.