Posted: Aug 14, 2013 2:31 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Updated: Aug 14, 2013 2:49 PM
The Three Forks City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to combine its law enforcement operation with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department according to Sheriff Brian Gootkin.
Gootkin says since the resignation of Three Forks Police Chief Troy Burdick, the two existing police officers have been working 24/7 and are burnt out. Under the new agreement, the two officers will become Sheriff's Deputies and a third full-time Sheriff's deputy will be added.
The cost to run the extension of the Sheriff's station will be around $300,000 per year.
The deputies will be able to cover the entire west end of the county, from Three Forks to Willow Creek, Logan, Clarkston and parts of Broadwater County. In exchange, the city of Three Forks would gain services the sheriff's office provides, such as the Missouri River Drug Task Force, search and rescue and canine dog units.
The current police officers will need about 3 months to complete training required of the sheriff's deputies. In the meantime the Sheriff's Department will send other staff to the Three Forks location.
Gootkin says there will be an open house in the new Jefferson building in Three Forks beginning October.