|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||34 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||51 miles|
|Wheatland County Sheriff's Office||Harlowton||Montana 59036||53 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||53 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||62 miles|
|Gallatin County Sheriff's Office||Bozeman||Montana 59715||63 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||66 miles|
|Park County Sheriff's Office||Livingston||Montana 59047||66 miles|
|Sweet Grass County Sheriff||Big Timber||Montana 59011||69 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||78 miles|
|Golden Valley County Sheriff's Office||Ryegate||Montana 59074||82 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||86 miles|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||87 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||87 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Montana 59755||102 miles|
|Stillwater County Sheriff's Office||Columbus||Montana 59019||103 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||103 miles|
|Musselshell County Sheriff's Office||Roundup||Montana 59072||114 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||114 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.