|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074|
|Musselshell County Sheriff's Office||Roundup||Montana 59072||31 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||32 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||49 miles|
|Stillwater County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Montana 59019||51 miles|
|Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office||Billings||Montana 59101||52 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||53 miles|
|County Sheriff||Winnett||Montana 59087||58 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||73 miles|
|Carbon County Sheriff's Office||Red Lodge||Montana 59068||82 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||83 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||83 miles|
|Big Horn County Sheriff's Office||Hardin||Montana 59034||87 miles|
|County Sheriff||Hysham||Montana 59038||93 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||103 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||112 miles|
|Rosebud County Sheriff's Office||Forsyth||Montana 59327||120 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||122 miles|
|Garfield County Sheriff's Office||Jordan||Montana 59337||125 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||127 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.