|Toole County Sheriff||Shelby||Montana 59474|
|Glacier County Sheriff's Office||Cut Bank||Montana 59427||27 miles|
|Pondera County Sheriff's Office||Conrad||Montana 59425||34 miles|
|Liberty County Sheriff's Office||Chester||Montana 59522||36 miles|
|Teton County Sheriff's Office||Choteau||Montana 59422||61 miles|
|Chouteau County Sheriff's Office||Fort Benton||Montana 59442||75 miles|
|Cascade County Sheriff's Office||Great Falls||Montana 59404||82 miles|
|Hill County Sheriff's Office||Havre||Montana 59501||93 miles|
|Blaine County Sheriff's Office||Chinook||Montana 59523||114 miles|
|Flathead County Sheriff's Office||Kalispell||Montana 59901||122 miles|
|Judith Basin County Sheriff's Office||Stanford||Montana 59479||125 miles|
|Lake County Sheriff's Office||Polson||Montana 59860||130 miles|
|Lewis And Clark County Sheriff's Office||Helena||Montana 59601||143 miles|
|Meagher County Sheriff's Office||White Sulphur Springs||Montana 59645||150 miles|
|Fergus County Sheriff's Office||Lewistown||Montana 59457||153 miles|
|Broadwater County Sheriff's Office||Townsend||Montana 59644||161 miles|
|Missoula County Sheriff's Office||Missoula||Montana 59802||161 miles|
|Powell County Sheriff's Office||Deer Lodge||Montana 59722||162 miles|
|Jefferson County Sheriff's Office||Boulder||Montana 59632||167 miles|
|Granite County Sheriff||Philipsburg||Montana 59858||176 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.