|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||24 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||29 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||32 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||37 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||57 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Montana 59755||58 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||61 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||62 miles|
|Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||Montana 59725||69 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||79 miles|
|Ravalli County Sheriff||Hamilton||Montana 59840||101 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||102 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||103 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||106 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||108 miles|
|Lemhi County Sheriff's Office||Salmon||Idaho 83467||110 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||113 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||117 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||134 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.