|Ravalli County Sheriff||Hamilton||Montana 59840|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||43 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||55 miles|
|Lemhi County Sheriff's Office||Salmon||Idaho 83467||63 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||70 miles|
|Silver Bow County Sheriff's Office||Butte||Montana 59701||76 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||85 miles|
|Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office||Dillon||Montana 59725||93 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||96 miles|
|Idaho County Sheriff's Office||Grangeville||Idaho 83530||97 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Nezperce||Idaho 83543||102 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||105 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||106 miles|
|Custer County Sheriff's Office||Challis||Idaho 83226||109 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||111 miles|
|Madison County Sheriff's Office||Virginia City||Montana 59755||118 miles|
|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873||120 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||126 miles|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||129 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||141 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.