|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427|
|Toole County Sheriff||Shelby||Montana 59474||54 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||60 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||70 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||72 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||88 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||94 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||114 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923||119 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||123 miles|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||133 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||135 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||137 miles|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||150 miles|
|Boundary County Sheriff's Office||Bonners Ferry||Idaho 83805||152 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||153 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||160 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||160 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||164 miles|
|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864||166 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.