|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||41 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||44 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||47 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||57 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||57 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||71 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||76 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||84 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||87 miles|
|County Sheriff||Winnett||Montana 59087||92 miles|
|Musselshell County Sheriff's Office||Roundup||Montana 59072||93 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||95 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||101 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||102 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||103 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||107 miles|
|Stillwater County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Montana 59019||108 miles|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||109 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||110 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.