|Sanders County Sheriff's Office||Thompson Falls||Montana 59873|
|Shoshone County Sheriff's Office||Wallace||Idaho 83873||40 miles|
|Mineral County Sheriff's Office||Superior||Montana 59872||41 miles|
|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office||Libby||Montana 59923||47 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||47 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||50 miles|
|Benewah County Sheriff's Office||St. Maries||Idaho 83861||72 miles|
|Bonner County Sheriff's Department||Sandpoint||Idaho 83864||74 miles|
|Kootenai County Sheriff's Office||Coeur d'Alene||Idaho 83815||75 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||82 miles|
|Boundary County Sheriff's Office||Bonners Ferry||Idaho 83805||83 miles|
|Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office||Newport||Washington 99156||91 miles|
|Clearwater County Sheriff's Office||Orofino||Idaho 83544||101 miles|
|Spokane County Sheriff's Office||Spokane||Washington 99260||105 miles|
|Ravalli County Sheriff||Hamilton||Montana 59840||115 miles|
|Lewis County Sheriff's Office||Nezperce||Idaho 83543||117 miles|
|Whitman County Sheriff's Office||Colfax||Washington 99111||119 miles|
|Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office||Lewiston||Idaho 83501||126 miles|
|Asotin County Sheriff's Office||Asotin||Washington 99402||132 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||132 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.