Big Sky “Spear Phishing” Cyber-Attacks

There has been a recent uptick in “spear phishing” cyber-attacks in the Big Sky area. Spear phishing uniquely targets specific individuals or businesses by constructing messages that sound trustworthy. Spear phishing messages may appear to come from trusted individuals with fake email addresses which are created to look similar to someone you know. The content of spear phishing messages may include details about the business you work for, your hobbies, or interests. Spear phishing attacks can come in the form of emails, text messages, or voice calls. Spear phishing attacks may try to get you to reveal sensitive information or transfer money to illegitimate accounts.

There are some simple ways to protect yourself. Beware of messages which create a sense of urgency. Urgency is used to get you to react quickly without thinking of the consequences. Check the email address to ensure messages are coming from legitimate sources. If you receive a suspicious message or phone call, disconnect and call the person or business back from a phone number you know to be correct to verify who is contacting you. Regularly change your password and consider dual factor authentication to make sure your email address doesn’t get compromised. Don’t click on web links unless you know who sent it to you and why. If there is ever a question about the authenticity of a phone call or message, contact your IT department. If you suffer a loss, typically either a monetary loss or identity theft, contact the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Animal Cruelty Incident

On July 6th, Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies investigated a call regarding animal cruelty.  The caller reported that a dog had been tied to a bumper and was dragged over half a mile down Jackrabbit Lane before the collar came apart and the dog was set loose.  Deputies searched for the dog and found Marley in the ditch.  As the deputies approached, Marley lifted its head and showed a strong will to live.  Marley was then taken to receive emergency vet care.

Our office is conducting a full investigation of the incident.  In the meantime, Marley is being well cared for and is expected to make a full recovery but Marley has extensive injuries and will need care for quite some time.

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help with Marley’s vet care.

Detention Center Anniversary

Recently the Gallatin County Detention Center marked the 10th anniversary of the first inmates moving into the current Detention Center, a project the voters of Gallatin County approved in 2008.

At the Gallatin County Detention Center, we have worked to improve public safety and the quality of life in Gallatin County. We maximize the community’s investment by helping inmates leave a little better than when they come here, so they are less likely to re-offend and end up in jail again. The Detention Center is a division of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and shares the mission to serve and protect the residents of Gallatin County. We are proud of the staff and volunteers who have made our detention center the premiere detention facility in the region.

“The Gallatin County Detention Center continues to set the standard for detention facilities across the state,” said Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer. “The design, engineering and operational planning created a facility which still looks new, is highly functional and safe for the detention staff and inmates. This is what happens when community wide collaboration occurs. This process took a number of years, but we got it right and we expect the facility to continue serving this community well into the future.”

To give each person the best chance at success when they re-enter society, the Gallatin County Detention Center offers programs for inmates including medical and mental health services, tutoring, job service, addiction programs and life skills classes. The Detention Center also has a Fresh Start Reentry Program to assist inmates with a discharge plan and follow-up so they can overcome the hurdles that are common on re-entry. Inmates who take advantage of these programs are less likely to return to jail, which leads to lower criminal costs, healthier families and less crime. Gallatin County Detention Center was the first facility in the state to provide these programs to help inmates improve their lives during and after detention, and to rebuild a successful life after leaving.

Thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers in providing this critical programming for inmates, the recidivism rates of our inmates has maintained at about 18% for the last few years. That is well below the national average.

Some statistics since April 21, 2011, when we first began moving inmates into our detention center:

  • 44,850 inmates have been booked
  • The average daily population over 10 years is 145 inmates. In the last five years, the average has been 160.
  • Over 125,000 hours of inmate programs have been provided by volunteers. Our current roster of volunteers is 196!
  • Over 1.5 million meals have been served out of our kitchen.
  • We hold inmates for 11 other counties and for Yellowstone National Park.
  • We have had four jail commanders in the last 10 years – Dan Springer, Jeff Wade, Jason Jarrett, and currently Jim Anderson.




MSPOA Letter from Sheriff Dan Springer

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving a number of calls regarding a letter the community has received from the Montana Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association.   Sheriff Dan Springer would like you to know that the M.S.P.O.A. is a legitimate organization that supports the important service our local law enforcement provides.  If you receive one of these letters, please consider supporting the M.S.P.O.A.

MSPOA Letter