|Boundary County Sheriff's Office||Bonners Ferry||Idaho 83805|
|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864||32 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||48 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923||52 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Colville||Washington 99114||65 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||74 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||87 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||94 miles|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||98 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||101 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||101 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||107 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||109 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||132 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||133 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||136 miles|
|Adams County Sheriff's Office||Ritzville||Washington 99169||143 miles|
|Okanogan County Sheriff's Office||Okanogan||Washington 98840||143 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||158 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||163 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.