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Safety Tips for Halloween


Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. Please review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.

Fake swords, knives, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren't too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or flexible materials.

Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.

Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.

Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, which can be dangerous when they are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.

Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on the candy bags too.

Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, never alone, and preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication.

Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind parked vehicles or shrubs.

Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children will be trick-or-treating.

Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go inside a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.

Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them.

As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.

For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/halloween.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. As always, dial 911 in case of an emergency.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Regular Broadwater County burn season is March 1st- November 30th 


To obtain a burn permit in Broadwater County, you will need to purchase a burn permit online at the link below or in person by visiting the Townsend Fire Station at 130 S Cedar St in Townsend (Please call first at 266-5535).

You are required to activate your burn permit each time you burn. You can activate online or by calling Broadwater County Automated Phone Activation System at 1-855-808-BURN(2876). 


Broadwater County Sheriffs Office does not and cannot issue or activate burn permits. 





Montana Road Condition Information






Road conditions can change rapidly. Please use caution when traveling. For latest road conditions, please visit the Montana DOT website below or call 511. 




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Broadwater County DES

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Announcing the NEW Inmate Roster Feature!

The Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office launched a website on August 1, 2016 and we are pleased to announce that we have now added jail roster to the site. We invite the community to visit our site at www.BroadwaterCountySheriff.org/inmate_roster to view the new jail roster. 

Having the jail roster online will allow the public to view booking details for individuals in the detention center as well as those released within the last 48 hours. 

Our Website – www.BroadwaterCountySheriff.org – provides details on all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. One of our goals when developing the new Website was to provide a centralized location for current information such as press releases and where sex offenders are living in the county.

The Website was developed by MostWantedGovernmentWebsites.com by Brooks-Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Brooks-Jeffrey specializes in the production of law enforcement and government Website solutions.

For more information about the Website please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 406-266-3441 or visit www.BroadwaterCountySheriff.org

Sign up for our Emergency Notification System!

Broadwater County Residents, please log on to the following link and sign up for our Emergency Notification System. This will allow you to be notified via text immediately upon a major emergency within the county. This will include forest fires, flooding, closed highways etc.

Click here to sign up.