Law and Justice Center Security Training Today

(Bozeman, Mont.) The Gallatin County Sheriffs Office,  Bozeman Police and Fire Departments are instructing “Run, Lock, Fight” training for employees of the Law and Justice Center campus at the Law and Justice Center all day today.  The training is to prepare employees for an armed intruder situation.  Training scenarios will be conducted early afternoon.  The volatile situations that the building attracts and the security design challenges of an old, remodeled school make this type of training very important.    For more information contact Captain Shane Frantz at 406 580-4823

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Snowmobile Rescue near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 10:12 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Dispatch center received a 911 call from a local snowmobile rental company reporting an injured snowmobiler on the Two-Top Trail 4 miles Southwest of West Yellowstone.

The snowmobiler, a 62 year old woman from Florida, had sustained a lower back injury when the snowmobile she was a passenger on went over some large bumps causing her to lose her balance and be impacted vertically by the snowmobile. 

Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, West Yellowstone Division and personnel from the Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.

Rescuers arrived on scene and quickly packaged her onto a rescue sled. She was transported to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance and transported to the Big Sky Medical Center in Big Sky.   

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers that passengers should be carried only on snowmobiles designed for two passengers, which have a longer seat behind the driver, as well as rear handgrips for the passenger. Always operate responsibly, at speeds which will allow safe maneuvering when avoiding obstacles on or off trail.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

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Missing Juvenile – located

Tristin Carter was located Friday night in Casper, Wyoming and is safe. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the people who assisted us in locating him.

Tristin Carter went missing from his residence in Belgrade, MT, on February 11, 2017. It is believed Tristin may be headed to Wyoming. It is unknown what clothing Tristin was wearing when he left his house but he was in possession of a backpack. Tristin may be in the company of an adult male, adult female or juvenile female. Tristin is listed as a missing person on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.

Please keep an eye out for Tristin and notify the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100 Ext. 2, immediately if you see him. Please do not approach Tristin or notify him that you have called Law Enforcement.

This case is under Investigation and we will update you with changes.

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Valentine Search

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

On Tuesday, February 14, at 5:48pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry search. A forty-five year old Bozeman man was riding a motorized snow bike with his two dogs in the area of the Little Bear Cabin when he became disoriented.  He used his cell phone to call for help when he could not find his way back to his truck.  Using software from the man’s phone, searchers were able to pinpoint the man’s location.  Rescuers then drove snowmobiles to his location and escorted him and the dogs back to his truck.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to point out a couple factors that helped ensure this was a successful search and rescue event.  The man carried a means of communication with him and called for help when he ran into trouble.  The man also stayed in one place as directed by searchers, even though the weather was cold and darkness was setting in.  This ensured searchers could maintain communications with him and that he did not end up in further trouble.  Sheriff Gootkin would also like to remind people to be prepared to stay in the backcountry for the night no matter the time of year.

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Fatal Fire Victim Identified

On February 13th, 2017 the Gallatin County Coroner’s office was dispatched to Bozeman Deaconess Health Services for a 74 yearold female who was declared deceased following a structure fire. The female has been identified as Sheryl Anne Mooney of Bozeman. An autopsy has been conducted and the cause of death has been identified as Carbon Monoxide poisoning due to soot and smoke inhalation. The Manner of death has been ruled accidental.


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GCSO Hosts CIT Academy

    Crisis  Intervention Team  Academy # 11

   Date: February 13-17, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 


Bobcat Stadium

1 Bobcat Circle, Bozeman MT 59717

This CIT academy is based on the Memphis model.

Its purpose is to assist first responders (law enforcement officers), detention staff, and dispatchers in engaging, assessing, and assisting individuals in crisis with mental and/or co-occurring substance disorders. CIT is a 40-hour evidence based training that encompasses tools and skills needed for first responders, detention staff, and dispatchers to better manage individuals presenting with mental health and/or co-occurring substance disorders.  This training exposes the participants to materials and experiences from trained mental health and medical professionals to better prepare them to effectively and safely work with this unique population.

This training is for all law enforcement officers, Detention Officers, and Dispatchers in the State of Montana.

After successful completion of this forty-hour course, the law enforcement officer will be certified by Montana DPHHS Addictive & Mental Disorders Division and Montana P.O.S.T. as a CIT Officer.

CIT Academy instruction includes:

Suicide assessment and intervention

Substance abuse and dual diagnosis

Introduction to mental illness

Psychotropic medications

Legal issues

Elderly and children’s issues

Developmental disabilities

Intervention strategies

Scenario training

Site visits 

Tuition:      $100.00 per student

For registration or further information, contact:

Jim Anderson

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator

Office (406) 580-2543 fax (406) 582-2026

Pre-registration is required.

Limited space  available.

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Era of Megafires Presentation Coming to Bozeman

GCEM Media Release

Release: 170208-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Era of Megafires Presentation Coming to Bozeman

Bozeman, MT – Dr. Paul Hessburg will be presenting his Era of Megafires presentation in Bozeman on April 7th, 2017.  His multimedia presentation is open to everyone, at no cost, to come learn about the factors influencing wildfires in today’s world.  Hessburg will spend about an hour and a half speaking and showing illustrative multimedia segments about why we are seeing larger and larger wildfires in our communities derived from his decades of research at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Washington.

“The Era of Megafires presentation is a new program that has received fantastic feedback from participants over the past year.  Dr. Hessburg and North 40 Productions did a great job creating a dynamic presentation that intermixes audience interaction with illustrative video segments,” according to Gallatin County Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan.  Mr. Lonergan stated, “We are very excited for Gallatin County to be the first venue in Montana where Era of Megafires will be seen.”

This free event for the community is being made possible by our event sponsors:

  • Gallatin County
  • Montana State University Extension
  • Acela Truck Company

Event Details:

Era of Megafires
Friday, April 7th, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
2023 Commerce Way
Bozeman, MT 59715
No Cost, No Registration Needed

More Information on Era of Megafires is available at:

Click for Bozeman Era of Megafires Flyer


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President’s Day Plunge

Want to make a real splash on President’s Day?  Join us for the 15th Annual President’s Day Plunge for Special Olympics Montana.  On President’s Day Monday February 20th 2016 at 12 PM, brave souls with warm hearts will plunge themselves into the icy waters of the Gallatin Regional Park Pond off Oak Street (Dinosaur Park) in Bozeman to raise funds and support for our Montana Special Olympics athletes. 

We’ll have crazy costumes, prizes, a Chevy truck raffle and the all-important hot tub.  Don’t be left out of the cold.  Grab friends, family and co-workers and get out there.  Take the plunge yourself or just come out to cheer.

For more information or to register go to

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Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue 2016 Annual Report

(Gallatin County Mont.)

Over the course of three days in August, Gallatin County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to calls in every corner of the county and beyond.

  • A woman broke her ankle up Beehive Basin near Big Sky.
  • Some dirt bikers were lost and stranded in Bear Canyon.
  • A hiker with a blown-out knee and altitude sickness needed rescuing off the Bridger Ridge.
  • A man was sick at Deer Lake, north of Big Sky.
  • A fisherman went missing on the Gallatin River.
  • An ATV rider crashed up Jackson Creek.
  • A climber on Granite Peak was injured in a nasty fall.

Search and Rescue Commander, Sheriff’s Capt Jason Jarrett cautioned that not all weekends are quite that busy, but that one was indicative of the record year Search and Rescue had for calls in 2016.

In 2016, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue had:

  • 10 SAR groups
  • 246 volunteers
  • 19 SAR Deputy Sheriff coordinators
  • 132 incidents
    • 69 rescues
    • 63 searches
  • Two or more incidents occur simultaneously 14 times
  • 10 mutual-aid calls to places like Madison, Park, Meagher, Lewis and Clark, Stillwater, and Roosevelt counties.

2016 saw noticeably more incidents than past years – so why the increase? More people are using the backcountry. Snowmobiling, hiking, hunting, and skiing make up most of the activity needing SAR help.

The overwhelming majority of people needing assistance are local residents. Almost all incidents are simply good people having a bad day, not negligence.

The mountains around us – the Bridgers, the Hyalites, the Gallatins – are so much a part of Bozeman’s backyard that it is easy to forget that much of it is wild and all of it is backcountry. It takes many people to support the outdoor lifestyle that draws people to Bozeman, and Search and Rescue volunteers are a big part of that group.

SAR volunteers continue to give thousands of hours of time in training and responding to emergencies. As is typical of our county, we have world-class talent giving back to their community, which makes our SAR a valuable resource for the rest of the state, too. Most of our volunteers would say they do it to support the outdoor lifestyle this community values and because they get to hang out with people they like and go places they would not ordinarily go.

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Weather Complicates Rescue Near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Friday January 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm, a local West Yellowstone snowmobile rental company contacted a Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer to report that one of their customers had been involved in a snowmobile accident and had suffered a knee injury. The reporting party indicated that the operator of the snowmobile was unable to ride out on his own. The Forest Service LEO, who is also a member of Gallatin County’s Search & Rescue unit, contacted a SAR rescue coordinator. Within a short period of time, a fairly accurate location of the incident was established, indicating a backcountry area off the Two Top snowmobile trail approximately 10 miles southwest of the Town of West Yellowstone.

Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Yellowstone Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue, National Forest Service, and Yellowstone National Park responded to assist with the rescue. The terrain and snow conditions provided rescuers with difficult challenges in getting to the injured party. When rescue personnel arrived on scene, it was quickly determined that the 18-year-old injured male from Wisconsin had a much more serious injury than initially reported. The male in fact had a broken right femur and was in a substantial amount of pain. Rescuer personnel requested a rescue helicopter be brought in to a landing area near the patient; however, weather conditions prevented the helicopter from flying to that location.

The rescue team then placed the male in a full body compression splint and loaded him onto a specialized rescue sled. The team determined that they could not get the patient off the mountain the same way they had come in, so another route was navigated, including an area where the rescue sled was hand lowered. Rescuers were eventually able to make it back to a groomed trail and headed into Idaho to rendezvous with the rescue helicopter; which was able to make it to a landing zone approximately 10 miles away. The injured male was then transported by Life Flight Network personnel to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to know their limitations and the limitations of their snowmobiles, and stay on marked trails. The off trail areas are unmaintained and can be full of unseen hazards. Be alert for hazards such as tree wells, hidden stumps & creek bottoms, which can be unpredictable and unforgiving. Always let another member of your group know if you venture off trail keeping in mind that the most dangerous situations can occur if you get injured when you are alone. Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s office.

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