Sheriff's Office

We are a country built on the rule of law, and we are grateful to the men and women who enforce those laws and uphold the fairness and peace we treasure. Every year during National Police Week, Montana holds a memorial service for law enforcement officers who have lost their lives or been seriously injured in the line of duty. This is the twentieth year but due to our current situation, gathering in person isn’t possible. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office lost Deputy Jake Allmendinger on October 19, 2019, so we are coordinating the memorial to honor law enforcement this year. 

Many Montana law enforcement agencies and our political leaders have contributed to this unique memorial ceremony. Although we are not together in person, nothing can prevent us from honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our people and liberty. A special thank you to the surviving families for their love and strength. The 2020 Law Enforcement Memorial is available at

About Us:Sheriff Brian Gootkin

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office was formed in 1865 and has had a tradition of service to our community ever since. We are responsible for general law enforcement in Gallatin County. These duties include, but are not limited to Search and Rescue, criminal investigation, general patrol, civil process, Office of the Coroner, detention, animal control, concealed weapons permits, prisoner transports, and court security.

We patrol the county's 2,517 square miles by car, truck, boat, bike, and even snowmobile. We are currently allotted 59 sworn deputies that are assigned to several detachments including Patrol, Detectives, Administration, Support Services, and the Missouri River Drug Task Force.  We also administer the Gallatin County Detention Center where our dedicated civilian detention officers attend to incarcerated individuals.

Mission Statement

As proud members of this Office, we are dedicated to protect and serve the citizens and visitors of Gallatin County.

Vision Statement

Enhance the quality of life in Gallatin County through service and innovation from dedicated, caring Peace Officers.


Keep the Peace: We will protect the quality of life by keeping the peace and enforcing the law through hard work with knowledgeable, well trained people, committed to doing what is right.

Serve: We serve those who entrust us. We will serve with empathy and compassion while holding ourselves and one another accountable above all else. 

Balanced: Our response to any situation will be appropriate, effective and productive. We survive through maintaining our physical, emotional and mental health.

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Sheriff / Coroner

Dan Springer