Posted: Oct 29, 2013 10:13 PM by Adam Bell - KBZK News
Three Forks residents Mariah Dykstra and Debbie Wiley have concerns about their safety, especially when they work by themselves in a pharmacy. And this concern is exactly why the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office will soon have a new office in town.
"Well I think it will be really reassuring because we are on Main Street and it's getting busier," they say.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin says, "We'll have computers and stuff like that here so they can do their reports here, people can come in and make reports, they'll be able to do interviews here."
The new Sheriff's Office is expected to open in December and it's located in the heart of Three Forks, to help the community feel and stay safe.
Mariah Dkystra and Debbie Wiley cannot wait to have their new neighbors.
"I think it will be really reassuring, we have a nice big window out front and we comment a lot about throughout the day of what goes on on Main Street and it will be nice to have them next door," they say.
Three former Three Forks police officers will become Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputies, making sure that the crimes occurring in Three Forks are responded to promptly.
Deputy Don Peterson says, "I see it as a percentage, a population percentage, the same percentage of people that are doing crimes in Three Forks that are doing it in Bozeman, there's just not as many people living in Three Forks."
And so far, residents who have heard about the increased Sheriff's presence are excited to see the flashing lights in town.
Peterson says, "I think everybody's got questions but from what I've heard for the most part, is that they're happy about it- they've seen law enforcement more in the last two month's than in the past."
Overall, the news of a local Sheriff's Office is being welcomed as residents believe it will definitely boost safety.