Press Releases




Good afternoon Broadwater County residents. After listening to the Governor's press conference, I want to let my citizens know how your public safety is going to continue to be there for your needs. 

With what is happening here in Broadwater County with the COVID-19 cases, I want to ask everyone to please follow the order and stay at home unless you have essential things to do. There is an enforcement component in this that I would hope we never have to discuss with anyone. So, be kind to your friends, family and neighbors by staying home as much as possible. Remember to keep your 6 foot spacing, no large crowds or gatherings, cover your mouth during coughs or sneezes and take care of yourself. This all starts right there. 

Your Sheriff's Office is still here to help, assist and to keep you and your property safe. Our Dispatchers are on the job 24/7/365 to answer your calls, answer your questions and send you help. Those dispatchers are working hard for you and doing a great job. The jail is open and those Detention Officers are working hard to keep themselves and the inmate population healthy and safe. I will remind folks, please lock your houses and vehicles all the time. We have folks that just want to take advantage of others even in times of crisis. Also, if you have an emergency that requires a deputy to respond and you have any symptoms, please let dispatch know so we can keep our first responders healthy and safe. We can't afford to loose any of our first responders if we can help it. To reduce our public exposure, some reports may have to be taken by phone but please understand that is a case by case basis. 

Just to keep people informed, deputies have been asked to use their discretion on who has to be arrested and taken to jail during this period of time. They have also been asked to respond to all calls, however limit the proactive services as to reduce the exposure. I am saying this as you might have wondered why you haven't seen the deputies out of their vehicles interacting with the community or making a lot of traffic stops. They are out there on the streets and roadways keeping you and your families safe. 

We are going to continue the current practice of no in person visiting for the jail, no public fingerprints, no concealed weapon permits and anything I have put out prior. I hope to get these services going again as it is safe for you and your Sheriff's Office staff. 

If you weren't able to watch the Governor's press conference, he has implemented a STAY HOME DIRECTIVE starting at 12:01 am on March 28, 2020 until April 10, 2020. I do not have the list of essential employees yet or the complete list of essential activities but hope to soon. So, please for the sake of the community, our state, our country, your family and friends, PLEASE follow this the best you can so we can get past it and get back to the new normal. 

THANK YOU for all your cooperation and thank you for all your support for ALL first responders. 

Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan



UPDATE on Restricted Access:

With everything with COVID-19 and flu occurring in Broadwater County, I have decided to suspend CWP and fingerprinting services until further notice. This is a preventive measure to reduce exposure to the staff and inmate population. 

I truly appreciate the understanding from all the citizens and I hope you understand, I am just trying to keep the staff I have left healthy so we can continue to keep everyone safe in our county. 

I will update everyone when these services are again available. 


Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan




Effective Immediately, I am suspending in person visitation at the Broadwater County Detention Center and suspending our church, NA and AA meeting in the Detention Center as a precaution to keep the inmate population and staff healthy and safe.

I am aware of the current situation of the COVID-19 in Montana, however the flu is alive and well in Broadwater County too. With our current staffing levels and the current inmate population, I am not willing to take any unnecessary risks to anyone.

The inmates will still have access to video visitation as before and people wishing to use the kiosk in the lobby are still allowed to do so, there will just not be any in person visits.

As more information is obtained regarding the COVID-19 virus and we get a better understanding of it, I will look at opening those services up again.

Thank you for your cooperation and please, wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Together, taking these precautions will help us all get through this.


Sheriff Wynn M. Meehan




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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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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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.