Violent Offender Task Force Warrant Operation Media Event

In May 2019, members of local law enforcement, along with the US Marshals’ Montana Violent Offender Task Force, conducted Operation Spring Sweep.

This was a coordinated multi-agency operation to apprehend violent fugitives with the goal of reducing violent crime in Bozeman, Belgrade, and Livingston, as well as Gallatin and Park Counties.

Agencies that participated included:

  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • Belgrade Police Department
  • Billings Police Department
  • Bozeman Police Department
  • Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Livingston Police Department
  • Missouri River Drug Task Force (MRDTF)
  • Montana Department of Corrections (DOC)
  • Park County Sheriff’s Office
  • Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office
  • United States Marshals Service (USMS)
  • Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office

During the operation, sixty-three (63) cases were worked with fifty-two (52) being resolved either by arrest or other dispositions. Thirty-one (31) physical arrests of subjects either wanted on outstanding warrants or on new charges were made.

This operation has directly contributed to improved public safety through the joint efforts of the above-listed agencies.

On May 31, 2019 at 11:00 am, a joint media conference will be held at the Gallatin County Detention Center Community Room where representatives from agencies including Bozeman Police, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Service will be available to provide further information on the results and impact of this operation.

UPDATE: Missing 81 year old Man in Belgrade – Located

Update: May 30, 2019


On May 29, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. the Belgrade Police Department received a report of a missing 81 year old male with Dementia and other medical issues. At that time a search was initiated for the missing male. The male was located in the local area at 12:09 a.m. on May 30, 2019 in good condition. The male was checked for any medical issues and reunited with family members.


Thank you to all those who responded to the phone advisory of this incident through the Community Notification System and Social Media notifications. The assistance from the public by checking their property and keeping a close eye around their neighborhood is a valuable tool for responders in these situations. Several tips from citizens greatly assisted emergency responders in their efforts to locate this  man and provide a positive outcome for all involved.

The Belgrade Police Department received needed assistance from the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport Public Safety, Ham Radio, Central Valley Fire Department, Gallatin County 911 and the Gallatin County Emergency Management.

This team effort resulted in a positive ending.

We would like to take this time to remind citizens about the Community Notification System.  On the Gallatin County Emergency Management                                         web site: you can sign up to receive emergency messages from the Management team about on going urgent situations or assistance needed by emergency responders, as in this incident. A full explanation of the system is on the web site. Just follow the instructions on the site to be included in future notifications.

Thank you,

Belgrade Police Department

Missing Elderly Subject

This message is being issued by the Belgrade Police Department. The Belgrade Police Department is searching for a missing 81 year old male with dementia and other medical issues who walked away from his house on Cruiser Lane in Belgrade. The subject is named Walter and is wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. Belgrade Police requests that you look around your property and if you have any information to please contact the Police at 388-4262.

This message was posted automatically from the Community Notification System.

Community Crisis Response Program Starts Up

(Gallatin County, Mont) Gallatin County law enforcement and mental health services are coming together to provide better services to individuals with mental health emergencies. Community Crisis Response is a collaborative program between Western Montana Mental Health Center, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and Belgrade Police Department that provides care for people experiencing a mental health emergency when and where they need it.

When a mental-health call comes into 911, a Community Based Therapist will respond with law enforcement and assess the individual in their home or workplace, providing crisis counseling and developing a safety plan or admitting them to Hope House. After the emergency, the therapist, a Community Support Specialist, and a Transition Coordinator will work together to help individuals get the services and support they need to reduce future crises. The goals of the program are to provide better care for people with mental health emergencies, reduce the number of emergencies, and free law enforcement to attend to other public safety calls sooner.

Western Montana Mental Health Center – Gallatin is managing the program. The Community Therapist was hired in January and the Community Support Specialist in May. The Sheriff’s Office is providing office space and a vehicle for the therapist. Michael Foust, Regional Director for Western, said, “This partnership is important for our community because it galvanizes a culture of caring for our neighbors that provides everyone with the care they need, when they need it, where they need it.”

Community Crisis Response Media Event

Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford, Belgrade Police Chief EJ Clark, and Michael Foust of Western Montana Mental Health Center will hold a press conference on the community’s new collaborative program to address mental health crises more effectively. It will be held at 11:00 on May 28, in Room 208 of the County Courthouse, 311 W. Main.


Contact: Deborah McAtee 406-600-3476

Gallatin Local Water Quality District launches online interactive water quality map

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District (GLWQD) has launched an online interactive map where citizens can view water information.

This map, developed by the Gallatin County GIS Department shows water quality results for thousands of locations in Gallatin County. It also shows the locations of monitoring wells, controlled groundwater areas, groundwater elevation contours, geology, and more.

The map can be viewed using the following link:

This map is one of several interactive mappers developed and managed by the Gallatin County GIS Department. Other mappers include the Recorded Document Interactive Map, the Environmental Health Interactive Map, and others.

These web-based maps are a great tool for citizens to find information on an area of interest. The main web page for the various mappers can be found here:

If you would like more information about the data used on the new GLWQD map, please call Christine Miller at (406) 582-3148, or email

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District is a non-regulatory department of Gallatin County located in Bozeman, Montana. The District is focused on the protection, preservation and improvement of groundwater and surface water. The District strives to accomplish this through water quality monitoring and special investigations, educating residents of all ages in the District, and collecting and disseminating water information to the Gallatin community. To learn more about your water quality, please visit us online at


Gallatin County Commission to consider support of Forest Plan revision recommendations

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will consider sending a letter in support of the Gallatin Forest Partnership’s proposal as part of the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process.

U.S. Forest Service officials are working on revising the Forest Plan, a comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines, for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This effort was launched in 2016.

A draft plan and draft environmental impact statement were released earlier this year and include five forest plan alternatives developed for the approximately 3,039,000 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

As part of this process, the Forest Service is currently in a 90-day public comment period seeking input on the alternatives. The public comment period runs through June 6.

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will decide on submitting a letter as part of that public comment period that supports recommendations for the Forest Plan made in an agreement by the Gallatin Forest Partnership.

The Gallatin Forest Partnership is a coalition of citizens, landowners, entrepreneurs, recreational interests, business and natural resource professionals that drafted its own recommendations for the Forest Plan.

To see those recommendations proposed by the Gallatin Forest Partnership, click here.

To see the draft letter the Gallatin County Commission will be deciding on sending, click here.

To see more about the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process, click here.

The Commission will consider the letter at its Tuesday, May 21 public meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the community room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, located at 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment can also be submitted to the Gallatin County Commission prior to the May 21 meeting by emailing or dropping it off at the Commission Office, located in room 306 of the Gallatin County Courthouse. If you have any questions, please call the Commission Office at 406-582-3000.

Missing Man Located

(Gallatin County, Mont) Today, with the help of family and friends, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office located Jon Keltner up Leverich Canyon. The Gallatin County Coroner has investigated the death and closed the investigation. The area will be open to the public this evening.

Sunday Area Closure

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday May 12, 2019 Leverich Canyon trail head and connecting trails are again closed to the public to assist Sheriff’s Search and Rescue on a missing person search.  Sheriff Gootkin and the Custer Gallatin National Forest appreciate the public understanding the need to minimize contamination of the area so that search dogs can be used to best effect.