Telephone Scam

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls of a scam involving a caller identifying himself as Deputy or Detective Gilbert Lopez with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. He states that there is a warrant for your arrest due to missing a court date. The caller further states that bail or payment must be made by purchasing Google Play Cards, Green Dot Cards, etc. This is a scam. Do not respond to any requests. The scammer is aggressive, convincing, and persistent.

As a friendly reminder the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office does not contact people asking for money.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Two Arrested After Pursuit

(Gallatin County, MT) This morning, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people after a vehicle pursuit from Springhill to the north end of the County. Around 1 am, a Bozeman Police Officer located a vehicle associated with arrest warrants. A pursuit ensued, ending near Maudlow. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Nearby residents were alerted to be on the lookout for the driver. The passenger, Chelcie Watson, was charged with possession of dangerous drugs. At 7:00 this morning the driver, William Rogers, was found in a nearby basement and taken into custody without incident. Rogers was arrested for burglary and on warrants for drugs and an attempted homicide in Billings two days ago.


Jail to Jobs Program


Bozeman – The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the local Montana Job Service have worked together for years helping inmates find jobs upon release.  Now, that partnership has been solidified with the creation of a new program called ‘Jail to Jobs’, led by Gallatin Co. Detention Center Program Director Jackie Keery and Teri Knutson with the Bozeman Job Service.  ‘Jails to Jobs’ matches employers with inmates looking for work.

Friday, six employers were brought into the jail to interview 8 inmates for a total of 16 interviews. Three inmates already have a good possibility of being hired!  In addition, some employers are interested in starting pre-apprentice programs in the Detention Center.

With unemployment in Gallatin County under 2%, many employers are having a difficult time filling open vacancies.  ‘Jails to Jobs’ helps employers find employees and helps inmates find work.  “Jails to Jobs is a win-win,” said Sheriff Brian Gootkin,”We want these people working, taking care of their families and being productive members of society.  We don’t want them back in jail, we want those beds for bad people that hurt innocent victims.  This will also hopefully help our local businesses as well.”

If you are an employer interested in this program, please contact Teri at teknutson@mt.govt