Friday, December 30, 2011 Undersheriff Brian Gootkin with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be sworn-in as the Sheriff of Gallatin County. The swearing-in will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Gallatin County Courthouse at 311 West Main Bozeman, Montana.


CONTACT: Undersheriff Brian Gootkin, 582-2125,

There Are No Festivities in Jail
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Gallatin County— As you celebrate the holiday season enjoying traditions, food, family and fun, keep in mind that the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic patrols through the beginning of the New Year.

“We’ll be concentrating on keeping impaired drivers off the road, deterring speeding and encouraging the proper use of seat belts and child restraints,” said Undersheriff 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.”

Undersheriff Gootkin stressed the extra enforcement presence is to keep everyone safe on Montana’s roads. He 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.
• Know Your Limit. Using a blood alcohol calculator can provide a general idea of blood alcohol levels, which is good thing to know, even if you’re not driving.

A blood alcohol calculator and other ideas are available at

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

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

Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue

On Monday, December 26, 2011, at approximately 9:30 am, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office West Yellowstone Search and Rescue was advised of an injured snowmobiler on the Two Top Trail, south of West Yellowstone. The injured snowmobiler was riding a rented snowmobile with her husband when the husband failed to negotiate a corner and was in an accident with the snowmobile.

The husband was not injured. His wife suffered a left leg injury. She was taken to West Yellowstone by Search and Rescue personnel and then transported to Rexburg, Idaho by ambulance.


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.

Search and Rescue makes 3rd Rescue for the Weekend Saturday in W. Yell


The hard-working volunteers with Gallatin County Search and Rescue had a busy weekend in the West Yellowstone area.

On December 10, 2011, at 1:41 p.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department received a report of an injured snowmobiler on Two Top Mountain, the second crash since Friday. 

Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the scene.

A 39-year-old female from Great Falls, Montana was riding a snowmobile near Two Top when she lost control on a corner, left the trail, and struck a tree resulting in a broken ankle.  She was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.  She was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

While that mission was going on, the West Yellowstone Police Department received another call for a backcountry rescue.  The caller reported that a man was injured when he hit a tree while sledding near the Montana/Idaho border on Targhee Pass.

The same team that conducted the prior rescue responded since it was only about five miles from their location.

A 20-year-old male from Rexburg, Idaho was sledding on an “airboard” when he struck a tree resulting in a severe leg injury.  He was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to another Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.  He was transported to the Madison Memorial Hospital, in Rexburg.

Sheriff Jim Cashell reminds backcountry users to preplan for emergencies before they engage in their favorite wintertime activity and to have the necessary equipment if there is an emergency such as fully charged cell phone, a satellite messaging device if there is not cell service, and a first aid kit to name a few.

Photograph courtesy of Gallatin County SAR ###


SAR volunteer Doug Schmier treating injured snowmobiler Saturday



Snowmobile Rescue starts Winter Season in West Yellowstone

For Immediate Release


On December 9, 2011, at 1209 hours, the West Yellowstone Police Department received a report of an injured snowmobiler on Two Top. 

Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue and the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office conducted the rescue.

A 26-year-old male from Great Falls, Montana was riding a snowmobile near Two Top when he hit a bump and fell from the snowmobile resulting in a back injury.  He was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to a Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.  He was transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. ###

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office introduce a new crime map

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For Immediate Release;

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office recently partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a new public crime mapping website called RAIDS Online ( to make it easier for Gallatin County citizens to keep track of crime in their area.  To access the map visit  and click on the shortcut to Crime Mapping.

Shortcuts / FAQ’s

Crime Reporting

Concealed Weapon Permits

Search and Rescue

Civil Process

Career Opportunities (Updated 11/03/11)

Animal Control

Most Wanted (Updated 03/02/11)

Full Warrants List (Updated 11/03/11)

Upcoming Sheriff’s Sales

Crime Mapping

 RAIDS Online maps and analyzes crime data, alerts GallatinCounty citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur. Citizens can easily move between the map, data grid and analytics to learn about the crime that concerns them the most.

BAIR offers RAIDS Online as a free service to any law enforcement agency who wishes to participate. At present, most agencies spend thousands of dollars annually to provide even the most basic crime map to their community. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is providing this service to the public at absolutely no cost to the department. “We wanted to do something to help law enforcement in these tough economic times. We consider this a basic service that we are more than happy to provide to the public and our law enforcement friends,” says company founder, Sean Bair, a former police officer and crime analyst.

“Our first goal for RAIDS Online is to offer an economical way for law enforcement agencies to share information with the public they serve,” says Bair. “Our second goal is to provide citizens a way to get information about crime in their community so that they can be better informed. Having an awareness of the true nature and volume of crime in one’s community is the first step to its prevention and suppression. Both goals foster Community Policing, which is something we strongly believe in.”

How it works

RAIDS Online syncs with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office’s records system to automatically upload crime information and keep it updated on the map, a big plus for community members.

Mapping features

RAIDS Online uses Google Maps to display the location and basic information for crimes in any area of interest to the user. RAIDS Online’s vibrant colored maps, icons and symbols work together to deliver easy-to-read crime information at all zoom levels, from a national level down to the citizen’s neighborhood.

Analytic features

GallatinCountycitizens can use RAIDS Online to find patterns and trends of crimes in their community – or even across the nation. Graphs automatically update based on the data that is displayed on the map, giving the user full control over what data is analyzed. Citizens who use RAIDS Online to become aware of crime trends can make more informed decisions regarding where they live, shop, play, send their kids to school and other important choices regarding their personal safety.

Email Reports of Recent Crime Activity

GallatinCountycitizens can sign up for neighborhood crime alerts to receive daily, weekly or monthly emails with a breakdown of crimes in their area.

Anyone can visit Gallatin County’s crime map at Gallatin County%2CMT  

 About BAIR

For more than 20 years, BAIR Analytics Inc. has provided cutting-edge analytical software, consulting and training solutions for law enforcement, public safety, national defense and academic institutions worldwide.  For more information, visit

Press contacts

Thad Quimby
BAIR Analytics Inc.
(303) 346-6000

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