|Divide County Sheriff's Office||Crosby||North Dakota 58730|
|Williams County Sheriff's Office||Williston||North Dakota 58801||46 miles|
|Sheridan County Sheriff's Office||Plentywood||Montana 59254||48 miles|
|Burke County Sheriff's Office||Bowbells||North Dakota 58721||57 miles|
|Mountrail County Sheriff's Office||Stanley||North Dakota 58784||62 miles|
|McKenzie County Sheriff's Office||Watford||North Dakota 58854||71 miles|
|Richland County Sheriff's Office||Sidney||Montana 59270||82 miles|
|Daniels County Sheriff's Office||Scobey||Montana 59263||87 miles|
|Renville County Sheriff's Office||Mohall||North Dakota 58761||91 miles|
|Ward County Sheriff's Office||Minot||North Dakota 58701||109 miles|
|Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office||Wolf Point||Montana 59201||110 miles|
|Dunn County Sheriff's Office||Manning||North Dakota 58642||115 miles|
|Dawson County Sheriff's Office||Glendive||Montana 59330||128 miles|
|Wibaux County Sheriff's Office||Wibaux||Montana 59353||130 miles|
|Billings County Sheriff's Office||Medora||North Dakota 58645||131 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Beach||North Dakota 58621||133 miles|
|Mccone County Sheriff's Office||Circle||Montana 59215||136 miles|
|Stark County Sheriff's Office||Dickinson||North Dakota 58601||137 miles|
|Bottineau County Sheriff's Office||Bottineau||North Dakota 58318||139 miles|
|Mercer County Sheriff's Office||Stanton||North Dakota 58571||143 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.