Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - October 27, 2014

CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS

The Madison County Sheriff’s office has had a major increase in requests for Concealed Weapon Permits.  While we would like to ensure that every qualifying individual obtains a CWP in a reasonable time period, the following procedures could speed up the CWP process.

1)State Law requires that any CWP holder provide proof of a firearms training and familiarity course.  This would include a Hunter Education certificate, prior Law Enforcement and in many cases, prior military experience. 

Currently a Hunters Education Course must be taken to obtain a hunting license, however this hasn’t always been the case.  If you find that you do not have proof of firearms familiarity training, please contact the Sheriff’s Office Detention staff to obtain information on attending a one day course.  

As a side note, many people may have taken the course but can no longer find their certificate. If this is the case please contact Detention Officer Carmin Hill. It may be possible to obtain a duplicate.


2)AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED.  Once you have your application filled out, contact the Detention Staff to schedule an appointment.  The Detention Staff will work to schedule a time that is convenient for you.  

Please call
1-406-843-5301
if you have questions

Thank you
Detention Officer Carmin Hill


HOW TO AVOID BEING A SCAM VICTIM

DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 98% of scam attempts.

REMEMBER - If an offer appears to good to be true - it probably is.

NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service unless you know them - anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer and thief.

FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Don't accept payment from far away places - Don't send purchased items until a check or money order has been given 21 days in your bank in order to clear verification of funds.

NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.

CREDIT BUREAU INFORMATION

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1-800-685-1111    1-888-397-3742      1-800-888-4213
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PUBLIC BACKGROUND CHECKS

The public does have limited access to criminal background checks and driver's license checks via the State of Montana Department of Justice.  The checks listed below are for Montana only.  Name-based checks mean the check is done for the person's name, date of birth and social security number.  Fingerprint searches are done using the person's fingerprints along with the information above.  Fingerprinting services can be obtained through the Madison County Sheriff's Office for a $10 fee.

CRIMINAL HISTORY WESITE:  https://doj.mt.gov/enforcement
MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS WEBSITE:  https://doj.mt.gov/driving

ON-LINE CRIMINAL HISTORY REQUESTS:  You must submit the individual's complete name and date of birth.  Social security numbers are optional but allow for a more thorough search.  Cost is a $11.50 fee.  Go to:  https://app.mt.gov/choprs/

MAIL CRIMINAL HISTORY RQUESTS:  Requests for background checks should include the complete name, date of birth, social security number and any aliases or maiden names.  Specify whether the request is for a name-based check or fingerprint check.  The requester must include the fingerprint card for a fingerprint check.  Mail to:  JISD/Customer Services Bureau, Criminal Records Section, PO Box 201403, Helena, MT 59620-1403.  Include a self addressed stamped envelope and $10 processing fee (check or money order) for each individual.

MONTANA DRIVER RECORDS ON-LINECHECKS:  Include the individuals full name, date of birth and driver's license number.  Cost is $7.25 per search.  Go to: https://app.mt.gov/dojdrs/

MAIL REQUESTS FOR DRIVER RECORDS:  Complete the form #34-0100 request available from https://doj.mt.gov/driving and mail to Montana Motor Vehicle Division, PO Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620-1430.  Cost is $4 per check.  Send a self addressed and stamped envelope with request or it will cost an additional $3.

Other criminal history checks are also available by going to:  https://doj.mt.gov/ and searching for "Revised Fee Schedule".  Once there, click on "Read more" under background checks.  You can contact Montana State records at:

Montana Criminal Records
303 North Roberts
PO Box 201403
Helena, MT  59620-1403
e-mail: dojitsdpublicrecords@mt.gov
(406) 444-3625


Sheriff Dave Schenk
Undersheriff Roger Thompson
Madison County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 276
Virginia City, MT  59755
(406) 843-5301
e-mail: madisoncounty25@yahoo.com

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The Madison County Sheriff's Office consist of a hardworking, close knit group of individuals who strive to make Madison County a safe and secure place.

The Sheriff's Office supply's law enforcement service to roughly 3,500 square miles of some of the most isolated, picturesque and mountainous rural environments in the continental United States.
The "Black and White" of this past week -
Madison Co. Sheriff’s Dispatch log
10/19/14 thru 10/25/14

10/19/14
Assault complaint in 100 blk W Main St, Ennis
Welfare check on Mt Hwy 41 near Whitehall
Unfounded 911 call
Medical aid requested on Sheffield Dr
Welfare check in 100 blk Mill St
Traffic complaint at US Hwy 287 MP 56
Agency assistance at Mt Hwy 287 MP 3

10/20/14
Accident at MT Hwy 287 MP 29
Dog complaint in 200 blk E Hugel St
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Traffic complaint at MT Hwy 84 MP 11
Criminal mischief in 200 blk N Main St, Twin Bridges
Welfare check on 2nd St, Cardwell
Public assist at MT Hwy 287 MP 25
Unfounded 911 call

10/21/14
Unfounded 911 call
Criminal mischief in Mustang Subdivision
Vehicle theft off Lively Ln
Accident in Virginia City
VIN number inspection requested on Wisconsin Creek Rd
Wildlife complaint in 300 blk Middle Rd
Suspicious person/circumstance on Jack Creek Rd
Traffic complaint on US Hwy 287 at Ennis St

10/22/14
Unfounded 911 call
Criminal mischief US Hwy 287 MP 56

10/23/14
Wildlife complaint at MT Hwy 287 MP 23
Wildlife complaint at MT Hwy 287 MP 1
Fire alarm on Ousel Falls Rd
Missing property complaint in Ennis
VIN number inspection in 5300 blk MT Hwy 41
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Accident with damage on Warm Springs Rd
Unfounded 911 call

10/24/14
Unfounded 911 call
Medical aid requested in 300 blk N George St
Unfounded 911 call
Unfounded 911 call
Medical aid requested in 100 blk Isdell St
Public safety complaint in Revenue Flats area
Wildlife complaint on Hugel St
Traffic complaint on Mill St
Traffic stop on Mill St
Traffic stop on Mill St
Traffic stop on Mill St
Traffic complaint in Ennis

10/25/14
Wildlife complaint at MT Hwy 84 MP 9
Assault on Hilgard Ct
Unfounded 911 call
Accident at US Hwy 287 MP 11
Unfounded 911 call
Traffic complaint at MT Hwy 287 MP 9
Traffic complaint on Mayflower Rd
Public safety complaint at MT Hwy 287 MP 31
Animal problem in Virginia City
Dog complaint in 200 blk N Madison St
Suspicious person/circumstance in 100 blk E Grizzly St