Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office


Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Monday, Feb. 25th  of a white vehicle, possibly a Honda or Subaru with front end damage, driving slow and possibly following a student in the River Rock area.  No license plate, description of the driver or occupants was provided.  There was no contact made between the vehicle and the student.  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been patrolling the River Rock area and all schools through out the county, and will continue extra patrols.  As always everyone should be alert to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to Law Enforcement.


Gallatin County Sheriff  (406) 582-2100


Added Patrols are Out to Deter Impaired Driving


The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes so Gallatin County  Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe.  

 “Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive impaired, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” said Sheriff Brian Gootkin.  “This is a time of year with many parties and celebrating, but there is nothing to celebrate if you get a DUI, crash your vehicle, or injure or kill someone.”

 Officers will be concentrating on deterring speeding and encouraging the proper use of seat belts and child restraints.

 Sheriff Gootkin also offered these reminders for safety:

  • Designate a Driver. Before the fun begins know who is your sober driver. 
  • Arrange for a Pick Up.  The designated driver doesn’t have to be at the party, as long as he/she is willing to drop off and pick up party goers.
  • Keep Ride Options on Speed Dial.  Be it a taxi, friend, neighbor, or parent, have that go-to number programed in your phone.
  • Use A Ride Home Program. 
  • Plan Your Own Ride Program.  As a party host, have a plan with taxis or designated drivers to get your guests home safely.
  • Plan to Spend the Night.  Crashing on a couch is better than crashing a car. If you’re going to a house party, why not spend the night?
  • Call a Taxi.

  “We’d rather everyone make the choice to have a sober driver than to risk a DUI or worse,” said Sheriff Gootkin. 

 The additional patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP) grants.


Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office


On the evening of May 12, and during the early morning hours of May 13 an individual driving a late 1990’s to early 2000’s model two-tone Dodge quad cab pick-up truck with running boards drove through the areas of Amsterdam School and Manhattan Bank.  The truck is suspected in causing damage to the landscaping  and the parking lots. This has been an ongoing problem.


If you have information please call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100.




Sheriff/Coroner Identifies Victim of Crash

On April 22, 2012, at approximately 2:40 am, a female caller reported that she and her boyfriend had been involved in a single-vehicle accident at milepost 9 on Bridger Canyon Road.  Responding deputies, the Montana Highway Patrol and AMR found that 20-year-old Jared Lawley of Bozeman  had been ejected from the vehicle and had died prior to their arrival.  The female was transported to BDH for injuries sustained in the accident.  The accident is under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.