Friday’s Public Event

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is receiving calls from the public about tomorrow’s event in downtown Bozeman. Last Sunday’s event was held without incident and we have no reason to believe tomorrow will be any different. Local, state, and federal law enforcement in Montana have been communicating in reference to the peaceful demonstrations that have been occurring around the state and the information being disseminated throughout social media. There have been rumors of members of Antifa coming through Montana but at this time there is no credible information to the rumors. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our partners throughout the state. Our main priority (as always) is the safety of our citizens.

Sheriff Brian M. Gootkin

An Open Letter to the Community from Gallatin County Law Enforcement

For immediate release: June 4, 2020 

An open letter to the community:

The tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis involving law enforcement and Mr. George Floyd is not reflective of the professionalism, values, or service provided by your law enforcement agencies here in Gallatin County or throughout the state of Montana. The events transpiring across the United States have impacted our nation deeply. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the larger questions and issues raised that need to be addressed on a national scale and continue at the local level.

The law enforcement agencies of Gallatin County want to assure our citizens that we are committed to serving our communities with accessibility, fairness, and transparency, consistent with our communities’ values. Each agency maintains a strong record of faithful service to our community members in accordance with national best practices, policies, and Montana law.

Collectively, we practice stringent hiring practices with thorough background checks and psychological testing. Throughout their professional careers, law enforcement officers receive rigorous training in all areas including anti-bias, anti-racial profiling, de-escalation, and crisis intervention, as well as recognizing implicit bias. Our agencies have policies in place prohibiting racial profiling as well as use-of-force policies requiring all uses of force to be reviewed at multiple levels.

We are committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all citizens and value each member of our communities. We believe that diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us stronger as a community.

Trust is earned through our actions and we are devoted to continuing our strong relationship with our community. We will continue our commitment to serving with empathy and the highest professional standards.

Chief EJ Clark – Belgrade Police Department

Chief Steve Crawford – Bozeman Police Department

Chief Bill Dove – Gallatin County Airport Authority

Chief Kevin Gillilan – MSU Police Department

Sheriff Brian Gootkin – Gallatin County

Chief Scott Newell – West Yellowstone Police 

Captain Mark Wilfore – Montana Highway Patrol

6/4/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: June 4, 2020

Gallatin County health officials announced six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, June 4, in addition to two cases reported to the public on Wednesday. Currently, Gallatin County has a cumulative total of 163 cases. There are 13 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 149 people recovered in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release here.

Matt Kelley, Health Officer for the Gallatin City-County Health Department, will be holding a press conference today, June 4, at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. He will be providing an update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County and answering reporter questions.

Call-in information is below.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 406-247-0860 United States, Billings (Toll)

Conference ID: 264 995 27#

The press conference will also be streamed live on the Gallatin City-County Health Department Facebook page.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

 

6/2/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: June 2, 2020

As of Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 155 cases.

See full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Statement from Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 1, 2020 

From Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford,

With regard to the George Floyd in-custody death in Minneapolis, we are dismayed and deeply troubled by what occurred and what we saw on that video.  There is no justification for the actions of the now former officer, nor for the failure of the other officers at the scene to intervene, that resulted in Mr. Floyd’s tragic death.

Our organization values the sanctity of human life and the importance of treating all persons with dignity and respect and this act was none of that.  Yesterday, Bozeman gathered to voice its commitment to being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. As a profession, we are sworn to protect our communities and all of those within. Please know that your police department is committed to keeping Bozeman safe in partnership with our fellow community members.

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