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Crime Tips


Have you seen the Crime Tips Hotline on our Web Page?!

The Teton County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to use the Crime Tips Hotline.  If you witness a crime or see something suspicious, you can call or email videos and pictures.  All emails are kept confidential and are sent directly to the Sheriff, Under Sheriff and Chief Deputy. Help keep Teton County safe!

Text to 911

Teton County residents needing emergency services are now able to text their situation to dispatchers at the Teton County 911 center.

Text-to-911 is intended primarily for use in specific emergency scenarios:

for an individual who is speech, or hearing, impaired; for a person who is unable to call 911 due to a medical emergency that renders them unable to speak; in the event of a crime such as a home invasion where speaking might give away the location of a person hiding, or in an abduction situation; or, in domestic violence situations where it’s not safe to make a voice call.

When determining whether to make voice call or send a text keep the following in mind:

Callers should text 911 only when calling is not an option Texting is not always instantaneous, which means it may take slightly longer to dispatch emergency services in a text-to-911 situation Providing location information and nature of the emergency in the first text message is imperative, since Teton County 911 may not receive location information and will not be able to speak with the person sending the text. Text abbreviations or slang should never be used to that the intent of the message can be as clear as possible. Those who use the system must have a cell phone that is activated and capable of sending text messages in order to reach 911 via text. There is no charge to the customer for sending a text to 911.

How to text 911 in an emergency:

Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field; The first text message to 911 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and the type of help needed; Push the “Send” button. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call taker. Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations. Keep text messages brief and concise.

We encourage anyone who has any further questions to please contact our agency. We would be happy to provide further education on these services including a test scenario from your phone at a scheduled time.


See our new easy to print application in a pdf file format by clicking here.

Teton County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website


Choteau, MONTANA - The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a new feature to our popular website. This new feature gives citizens the ability to upload non-emergent photos, videos, audio and other files to the Crime Tips Form (http://tetoncountysheriffmt.org/crime_tip.php) on our site. This new feature is also available on our mobile version for those who access our website from their mobile phone or tablet.

The Sheriff's Office is blessed to have such a great relationship with this community and receive many tips each month from citizens. Having the ability to upload photos, videos, audio and other files to the Crime Tips Form will allow enhance the public’s ability to assist the Sheriff’s Office in investigating or reporting a crime. As always, a person has the choice of leaving an email address if they want to be contacted or may remain anonymous if they choose. Of course in the event of an emergency or need of immediate assistance, please call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 406-466-5781.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Website continues to grow in its popularity since we launched it in 2014. With more than 6,500 total visits to our website in 2015 and an average of 400 unique visitors each month, it has become a model law enforcement website.

We also wish to thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement. We also believe the unique partnership we have between the public and law enforcement is a big reason we have such an incredible safe quality of life we all enjoy.

Sheriff Keith Van Setten