Sheriff to attend National Sheriff’s Institute

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Sheriff Brian Gootkin applied to the National Sheriff’s Institute and was selected and will be attending the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) training program this week in Colorado.  Only approximately 30 first term Sheriffs from across the United States that apply are selected.  The National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriff’s Association sponsor this leadership training.

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(Bozeman, Mont.) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Gallatin County Commission have contracted with Madison, Park, Sweetgrass, Lewis and Clark, and Yellowstone counties along with the Montana Department of Corrections and the US Marshal’s Office for inmate services.  In FY 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) the GCSO billed these agencies approximately $ 1.1 million dollars for housing inmates in our detention center (DC).  Over $400,000 of that revenue will be in a fund for future expansion of the DC when necessary.  The other revenue may be used for GCSO equipment, vehicles, and part time employees for the DC.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sheriff Gootkin or the County Commission. 582-2125 or 582-3000 #####

Big Sky Press Release

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On June 12, 2013, the Big Sky Resort Tax Board (BSRTB) voted to fund an additional Big Sky resident deputy sheriff.  The approved amount was for $ 288,201.  This position will be specifically assigned as a part time School Resource Deputy for Ophir school and a part time Detective.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the members of the BSRTB and citizens that supported this effort.  Here is the breakdown of funding sources for the six Big Sky positions.

 

Gallatin County – 2

Madison County – 2

Big Sky Resort Tax – 2

 

Brian M. Gootkin

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
615 South 16th
Bozeman, MT  59715
(406) 582-2125
Fax    582-2126

 

Press Release May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013

Gallatin County Coroner

 On May 7, 2013, at approximately 6:15 PM, the Deputy Coroner on call was dispatched  to Church Avenue in Bozeman.   A 13-year-old male had located a deceased male in the Sourdough Creek.  The deceased was subsequently identified as 58-year-old Kevin Guptill of Bozeman.  Next-of-kin was located and notified early this morning, and the medical examination conducted this afternoon at the crime lab in Missoula has determined the cause of death as drowning.

Crime Spree

On April 1, 2013, the Belgrade Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office began to receive reports of vehicles and businesses in the River Rock, Frontage Road West and Belgrade areas being vandalized with a pellet gun.  Both LE agencies mobilized additional patrols.  On April 3, 2013, the Belgrade Police and Gallatin County Sheriff worked collectively and three males were taken into custody for Felony Criminal Mischief.  Jonathan R. Lopez, Alexander Cantu, and Jacob Toledo are currently being held on $5000 bond each at the Gallatin County Detention Center.  To date there are well over 100 victims and damage estimates are in the tens of thousands.  If anyone needs to report damage please contact their respective law enforcement agency contact below.

 

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office / Detective Dane Vranish   582-2121

Belgrade Police Department / Detective Division                  388-4262

 

 

Brian M. Gootkin

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
615 South 16th
Bozeman, MT  59715
(406) 582-2125
Fax    582-2126

 

 Recently our Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department received numerous calls in reference to a scam where someone calls a senior citizen and tells them “your grandson is in jail and needs money”. The Sheriff’s Office took a report from an 80 yr old woman who sent $8,000.00 to the Dominican Republic for her grandson, who she believed was in jail. 

 

 If someone calls your residence and advises that a family member is in jail somewhere other than Gallatin County, please contact our Dispatch Center at 582-2000 Extension 2.  Do not provide any financial information until law enforcement can help you confirm the information they are providing you. 

 

 If you have elderly parents, family members, or friends, we encourage you to contact them with this information.

 

 If you (Media) have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin

 

 

Juveniles arrested in Connection to Car Break Ins

 During the early morning hours of April 8, 2012, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from a concerned citizen in River Rock Subdivision.  Shortly thereafter Patrol Deputies were involved in a foot pursuit and placed (3) individuals into custody for vehicle break ins in the River Rock Subdivision.  Patrol Deputies worked with Detectives and later identified (2) more suspects.  These suspects may have been involved with the thefts that occurred in River Rock on the weekend of March 25th.   Numerous items have been recovered to include: Cell phones, Money, I-Pods, Computer, numerous charging cords, Snowboard, and clothing items.  The investigation and search warrants are ongoing, with the anticipation of further arrests.  There may be more break ins that have occurred and not been reported.  If you have information please call your Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (406) 582-2121.

 

   “This is an excellent example of the community and law enforcement working together to catch criminals.  The phone call from a citizen may have prevented further victims.”  Sheriff Brian Gootkin also asks that people remain vigilant by locking their vehicles, residences, and businesses.  Continue to report any suspicious activities in your neighborhoods and we will continue our “presence” in our subdivisions.

 

 

12/21/11

On 12/21/11 at approximately 1222 hours, a victim reported a home invasion where a male subject came to her house and rang the doorbell. Suspect brandished a handgun, forced his way in the house and attempted to tie the victim. Victim and suspect struggled and the suspect ran off. According to the victim, the suspect was able to take items from the home before fleeing.