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Our Mission
The mission of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is to promote, protect, preserve, enhance and support the office of Sheriff as conservator of the peace in providing public safety services to the citizens of Oregon.

What Oregon Sheriffs Do:
  • Respond to citizens in need
  • Enforce Oregon's laws
  • Operate County Jails
  • Process, Serve and Enforce Judicial Civil Notice and Orders
  • Investigate Crime
  • Manage 18 of Oregon's Parole and Probation Offices
  • Provide Search and Rescue Services
  • Provide Court Security
  • Administer Oregon Concealed Handgun Licensing Program
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Gary Bettencourt
Message from OSSA President,
Gilliam County Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

October, 2014 -- We are entering a very slippery slope in society when citizenís thoughts wander to legalizing a drug for money, political gain and selfishness. Shame on the federal government for turning their heads, and not enforcing their own federal laws! On top of it all, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer wants us to stop educating our citizens on the ill effects of dangerous drugs. This is something we as Sheriffs, and nearly everybody else who cares about society, have been doing for years. Now, all of a sudden, it is misuse of federal grant dollars? Obviously, drug education doesnít solve all of our problems but itís an important component that has saved lives from being wasted. This, arguably, could save more taxpayer dollars than stopping public education now. Read more.

John bishop
Message from OSSA Executive Director,
Curry County Sheriff John Bishop

January, 2015 -- This is my first letter as the new Executive Director for the Oregon State Sheriffsí Association. It has been a very busy fall. I jumped in with both feet on October 1st, and we havenít looked back. The first priority was to get the Sheriffs Annual Conference in Bend planned and organized. The staff and I spent many long days getting all of the vendors, speakers, and logistics, coordinated. I am happy to report that with a lot of help from the staff and Deschutes County, we had one of the best conferences ever. During the conference, numerous items were covered regarding issues that occurred in 2014 and what the future will bring; awards were given to deputies, support staff, and Sheriffs for extraordinary work in 2014. More on this later on in this issue. Read more.

Brian Wolfe
Featured Sheriff
Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe was born and raised in Vale, Oregon. He was the first child in a family of five. Sheriff Wolfe had a predisposition for the outdoors and from a young age, came to love the wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon. Like something out of an old western, he roamed Malheur County on the back of a horse. He also takes a more modern approach on motorcycles, ATVís, and trucks. Read more.

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