|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||48 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||50 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||52 miles|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||57 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||73 miles|
|Blaine County Sheriff's Office||Chinook||Montana 59523||74 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||74 miles|
|Toole County Sheriff||Shelby||Montana 59474||78 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||81 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||95 miles|
|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427||101 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||104 miles|
|County Sheriff||Winnett||Montana 59087||115 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||117 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||119 miles|
|Phillips County Sheriff's Office||Malta||Montana 59538||122 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||123 miles|
|Musselshell County Sheriff's Office||Roundup||Montana 59072||133 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||139 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.