|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||31 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Montana 59755||41 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||58 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||62 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||68 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||72 miles|
|Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||Montana 59725||74 miles|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||75 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||85 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||90 miles|
|Stillwater County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Montana 59019||93 miles|
|Carbon County Sheriff's Office||Red Lodge||Montana 59068||96 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||97 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||106 miles|
|Clark County Sheriff||Dubois||Idaho 83423||106 miles|
|Fremont County Sheriff's Office||St. Anthony||Idaho 83445||110 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||117 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Rexburg||Idaho 83440||121 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||122 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.