|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||47 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||52 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||54 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||57 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||60 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||65 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||69 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||83 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||85 miles|
|Toole County Sheriff||Shelby||Montana 59474||86 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||91 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||92 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||94 miles|
|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427||102 miles|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||106 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||114 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||114 miles|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||114 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||120 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.