Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley


December 20, 2016

Holiday DUI Patrols in the Gallatin Valley:

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over December 14 through January 1

Gallatin County —  On December 17, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to 02:00 a.m. several local agencies participated in a Multi – Agency patrol to reduce D.U.I. drivers and promote the use of safety belts in Gallatin County. This patrol is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.

The agencies involved were the Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Montana State University Police Department and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

These agencies put 13 extra Officers on streets and roadways of Gallatin County in an attempt to locate D.U.I. drivers and prevent a tragedy from taking place.  The weather was less than perfect as the temperatures fell to below -18. However, the officers worked hard to provide a safer Gallatin Valley and managed to produce the following numbers.

D.U.I. Arrests:                   3            Total Citations:  19

Suspended Driver:          1            Total Warnings: 50

Drug Related Arrest:      1            Total Stops:        69

Total Arrests                      5


We are committed to reducing D.U.I. and raising awareness about wearing your safety belt. We will be working more of these joint patrols in the future.


We are continuing to ask drivers and members of the public to do their part to save lives and prevent injuries on the roads. Here are some tips this holiday season:

  • Alcohol can enhance the side effects of medication. Avoid mixing alcohol with any medications, and ask your doctor about possible consequences of doing so.
  • If you plan to drink at a party, bar or restaurant, have a sober friend do the driving, or find another alternative.
  • Expect your friends and family to have a sober driver and let them know it.
  • Provide safe transportation for your party guests—as well as non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver.
  • The best defense against a drunk driver is wearing a seatbelt – everyone, every trip, every time.

These traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways.  For more information Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439,

Please Drink Responsibly – Don’t Drink and Drive – Use a Designated Driver

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – From your local Law Enforcement

Sheriff Brian Gootkin         Chief Dennis Hengel          Chief Steve Crawford

Gallatin County Sheriff       Manhattan Police Dept.   Bozeman Police Dept.      


Chief E. J. Clark Jr.             Chief Robert Putzke       Captain Mark Wilfore

Belgrade Police Dept.          MSU Police                       MHP


 Chief Scott Newell     

West Yellowstone Police Dept.   

Shooting Update



The shooting incident that occurred on August 18, 2016 that resulted in the death of a 9 year old boy remains under investigation.

Detectives have been working diligently to investigate all leads. Detectives have submitted items for analysis to the Montana State Forensics Science Division Laboratory. Results can take some time to analyze. We must all be patient and let the process proceed as needed.

We would like to clarify misinformation that we believe has been assumed, specifically that the victim lived at the residence in which the incident occurred. The correct information is, the victim was visiting someone at the residence and not a household member. The victim lived in Belgrade with his family and went to Belgrade Public Schools.

After speaking with the victim’s parents and family members they wished to have his name released today. They have requested that they be allowed to release his name through us here at the Belgrade Police Department. Attached below is a statement from his parents and family.

Updates will follow as releasable information is obtained. There is not a set time for these updates to occur.

Chief E. J. Clark Jr.


On August 18, 2016 Greydun Flinn Stockinger left this world in a tragic accident. Grady was a loving, kind, generous old soul and left behind an amazing community of family, friends and loved ones. He touched the hearts of all who crossed his path and he was a beacon of light that showed us how to love. In the wake of this tragedy may his waves continue to connect and influence all. Through his eyes this world was colorful and his imagination enhanced those colors and brought a beautiful story to life. May his memory continue to inspire many more to live their lives out loud and not take a moment for granted. Grady’s nightly prayers consisted of everything from people in his life to the mountains we are surrounded by and the fresh air and water that flowed between that gave life to all. He was thankful for this life and all who entered it, be it animal or human even the ones he didn’t know personally. He was truly selfless. His name stands for Stronghold, and was intended to be there to always protect him. Now he will be the rock that we can lean on for that very same strength.


Funeral Arrangements :

A public viewing will be held this Monday for our dear Greydun Flinn Stockinger at the Dahl Funeral Home (300 Highland Blvd, Bozeman, Montana), from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  We welcome any and all of those who wish to pay their respects to our sunny bunny boy. Grady’s formal Memorial Service is to set for this Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Belgrade Events Center. The time will be set at a later date. We would love for anyone who would like to attend, to join us in the celebration of his life.


Shooting Incident



On August 18, 2016 at approximately 1000 hrs. the Belgrade Police Department received a report of a youth who had been shot in the 1000 Block of Cardinal Drive in Belgrade.

Upon arrival officers located a 9 year old boy who had been shot once with a semi-automatic handgun. Responding officers and Central Valley Fire Department provided medical assistance on the scene. The youth was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital where he unfortunately succumbed to his injury.

The weapon involved has been located and secured. We are confident that there is no risk to the public and the incident is contained.

Detectives from the Belgrade Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner are presently conducting an investigation into the incident to determine the exact cause of this tragedy.

Detectives are working diligently to get factual information to put closure to this incident. Detectives need time to work this case and obtain the facts that will direct them to the exact circumstances surrounding this incident.

Updates will be provided as this investigation proceeds towards a conclusion.  

Due to the investigation, we will not be releasing names at this time.

If anyone as information on this case please contact the Belgrade Police Department 388-4262.

This type of incident reminds us all how very precious our loved ones are to us and the community as a whole.


Chief E. J. Clark Jr.

Belgrade Street Closure (South Broadway)


(For Immediate Release)

City of Belgrade Street Closure: Thursday July 21, 2016 – Friday July 22, 2016

The railroad crossing located immediately South of the intersection of Main Street and South Broadway in Belgrade will be closed to all traffic for improvements from the morning of Thursday the 21st to the evening of Friday the 22nd

North bound traffic traveling on South Broadway will be detoured West to Jackrabbit Lane via West Northern Pacific or east to Oregon Street via East Madison Ave. 

South bound traffic traveling on North Broadway will be detoured West to Jackrabbit Lane via Main Street or East to Oregon Street via Main Street. 

For more information please contact:

Steve Klotz – Belgrade Public Works Director 388-3764



4th of July Holiday Safety and DUI Notice

drive sober header

                          4th of July DUI Patrols are active in the Gallatin Valley          

                                   Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over June 27 through July 8


Across Montana, travelers will be on the road headed to Independence Day celebrations. Family cookouts, camping, fireworks, and parades are just some of the many activities happening this weekend, many of which involve consuming alcoholic beverages.

“We know many folks will be drinking,” said, Belgrade Chief of Police E. J. Clark. “We also know some folks will be tempted to drink then drive. That is why Sheriff Brian Gootkin wants everyone to know, “All Gallatin County Law Enforcement Agencies will have extra patrols out working together to discourage these bad choices.”

The Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, West Yellowstone and Montana State University Police Departments, as well as the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol are deploying additional patrols focused on impaired driving enforcement during the days surrounding the Fourth of July. These agencies are joining law enforcement across Montana and the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” DUI crackdown.

Bozeman Chief of Police Steve Crawford states, “This is about prevention, preventing impaired driving in the first place and saving lives”. MSU Chief of Police Robert Putzke says, “It’s also about apprehension. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

Captain Mark Wilfore of the Montana Highway Patrol reports that alcohol-related crash deaths and injuries have helped Independence Day be labeled as “the most dangerous holiday of the year” by the National Safety Council.

Chief Dennis Hengel of the Manhattan Police Department requests that the public do their part by calling 911 to report an impaired driver. “Citizens can help by asking their friends and family to rely on a driver who hasn’t been drinking” advises West Yellowstone Police Chief Scott Newell.

All Gallatin County Law Enforcement recommends these tips for a safe and fun holiday:

  • Designate a sober driver– before the fun begins


  • Offer fun and tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages
  • Don’t mix drinking with long hours in the sun
  • Have a plan for people to get home safely
  • Promote safe and sober driving among the young adults in your family
  • Prevent alcohol use by minors
  • Always make sure everyone is buckled up—your best defense against a drunk driver.


We are unified in our efforts for a safe 4th of July Holiday. Please be safe during all your celebrations.


Extra traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and education campaigns are combined under Vision Zero, the shared vision for zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. Contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation 406-444-3439,


100 West Madison

patchBelgrade Police Department

91 E Central, Belgrade Montana 59714

E.J. Clark, Chief of Police


Belgrade, Mont.- On May 1, 2016 at approximately 9:50 AM Belgrade Police Officers responded to 100 West Madison for an unknown medical problem. The responding officers discovered an apparent suicide. The case is under investigation and the deceased’s name is not being released as the next of kin have not been notified. The Belgrade Police Department, Gallatin County Corner’s Office, Central Valley Fire and Montana Highway Patrol responded to the call.

Chief EJ Clark


Belgrade Officers Respond to Robbery at Fireworks Stand


At approximately 4:20 PM on June 26, 2015 the Belgrade Police Department responded to a reported robbery at the fireworks stand located at 501 West Main Street. Through the course of the investigation a male was identified and is currently in custody. There is no further danger to the public as a result of this offense. The Belgrade Police Department will not be making any further statements at this time as the investigation is still being finalized.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity near this fireworks stand during this time period are being encouraged to contact the Belgrade Police Department Detective Division at 406-388-4262.

Belgrade Public Works Department: Belgrade Village Mobile Home Court – Temporarily Water Outage

The Belgrade Village Mobile Home Court is temporarily out of water due to a service line breakage.  The property owner is currently repairing the damage.  Water service is expected to be restored late Thursday or early Friday morning.  In the mean time, drinking water and portable bathroom facilities are being provided by property management.  The City is working closely with the contractor and the Belgrade Village Mobile Home Court to assure that service is restored as soon as possible.   If you have any questions or concerns, please call 388-3764.

Steve Klotz, Director of Public Works




Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th

Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance

Once again, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (Belgrade Police Dept. Bozeman Police Dept., Manhattan Police Dept., West Yellowstone Police, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol) are working together to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief E. J. Clark. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. Sheriff Brian Gootkin says “In the Gallatin Valley, we are taking positive steps to save lives.”

The Gallatin Valley is located within Highway Patrol District 7. District 7 had 21 citizens killed in traffic crashes 2014.  Of those killed 14 were found to not be wearing their seat belt.

Nationally, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Capt. Mark Wilfore.

The Yellowstone area serves as a destination location for many travelers during Memorial Day weekend. Chief Scott Newell wants everyone to, “Enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone by buckling up and not becoming a statistic.”
Acting Chief Rich McLane believes, “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

We all asked, that you have a safe and memorable holiday season and remember to Click It or Ticket.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

Poster for download;Memorial Day Press Release