|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923|
|Boundary County Sheriff's Office||Bonners Ferry||Idaho 83805||40 miles|
|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864||53 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||58 miles|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||66 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||77 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||78 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||84 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||84 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||98 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||100 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||109 miles|
|Stevens County Sheriff's Office||Colville||Washington 99114||112 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||135 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Davenport||Washington 99122||138 miles|
|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427||143 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||145 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||147 miles|
|Ferry County Sheriff's Office||Republic||Washington 99166||150 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||160 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.