|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||33 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||46 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||54 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||56 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||71 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||73 miles|
|Ravalli County Sheriff||Hamilton||Montana 59840||76 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||80 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Nezperce||Idaho 83543||85 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923||88 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||89 miles|
|Idaho County Sheriff's Office||Grangeville||Idaho 83530||99 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||101 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||105 miles|
|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864||106 miles|
|Asotin County Sheriff's Office||Asotin||Washington 99402||110 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||110 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||116 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||117 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.