Madison County Sheriff's Office
Non-Emergency Public Information & Notices
Last Updated - December 15, 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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PO BOX 740241  PO BOX 2104   PO BOX 2000
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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
12/7/14 thru 12/13/14

12/7/14
Traffic Complaint at MT Hwy 41 MM 24
Traffic Complaint on US Hwy 287 at Ennis St
Unfounded 911 call
Suspicious Person/Circumstance on McAtee Rd
Wildlife Complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 44
Disturbance on N Meadow Creek Rd
Wildlife Complaint at US Hwy 287 MM 14

12/8/14
Theft in 300 Blk S Madison St
Traffic Complaint in Virginia City
Wildlife Complaint in Silver Star

12/9/14
Alarm in 500 Blk N Meadow Creek Rd
Alarm in 500 Blk N Meadow Creek Rd
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 200 Blk Ruby St
Agency Assistance at MT Hwy 41 S
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in 200 Blk Wisconsin Creek Rd
Medical Aid in Ennis
Agency Assistance in Virginia City
Wildlife Complaint at MT Hwy 287 MM 36.5
Burglary in 800 Blk N Meadow Creek Rd
Suspicious Person/Circumstance in Ennis area
Alarm in 100 Blk Bear Creek Rd East

12/10/14
Missing Person in Sheridan area
Alarm in Virginia City
Wildlife Complaint near Moores Creek Rd
Juvenile Problem in Alder

12/11/14
Alarm in 100 Blk Rainbow Point Rd
Medical Aid in 100 Blk Jefferson St
Unfounded 911 call in Virginia City
Wildlife Complaint at MT Hwy 287 MM 33

12/12/14
Traffic Complaint in Big Sky
Alarm on S Charles St
Abandoned Vehicle at Alder Dump
Suspicious Person/Circumstance on Wisconsin Creek Rd
Traffic Complaint on MT Hwy 84 MM 11
Traffic Complaint on MT Hwy 84 MM 1
Accident with damage in Twin Bridges
Wildlife Complaint on MT Hwy 287 MM 27.5
Unfounded 911 call in Virginia City
Alcohol/Tobacco Offense in Norris
Animal Problem on Duncan District Rd

12/13/14
Disturbance on Main St Ennis
VIN Number Inspection on US Hwy 287 MM 71
Wildlife Complaint in Virginia City
Citizen Assist on MT Hwy 287 MM 16
Abandoned Vehicle in 1000 Blk S Boulder Rd