|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||30 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||31 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||32 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||50 miles|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||54 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||59 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||65 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Montana 59755||75 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||80 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||81 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||81 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||83 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||86 miles|
|Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||Montana 59725||94 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||107 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||107 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||110 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||110 miles|
|Stillwater County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Montana 59019||118 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.