Conservators of the Peace

OSSA Annual Assistance

  • Asset Forfeiture Oversight Committee
  • Community Corrections Interstate Compact Council
  • Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training
    • Board of Public Safety and Training
    • Corrections Curriculum Advisory Committee
    • Corrections Policy Committee
    • Police Policy Committee
    • Telecommunications Advisory Committee
  • DMV/LE Coordination Committee
  • DOC Population Advisory Committee
  • FBI CJ Information Services Advisory Policy Committee
  • Law Enforcement Data Systems
  • Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission
  • Governor’s Advisory. Board on Community Corrections
  • Governor’s Advisory. Board on DUII
  • Governor’s Re-Entry Council
  • Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee
  • LE Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee
  • LE Medal of Honor Committee
  • 911 Advisory Board (APCO)
  • Oregon Accreditation Alliance
  • Oregon Community Corrections Commission
  • Oregon Criminal Justice Council
  • Oregon Emergency Management
  • Oregon Marine Board
  • Oregon Association of Mounted Posse
  • Oregon State Hospital Task Force
  • Police Memorial Trust Fund
  • Seismic Rehabilitation Committee
  • State Interoperability Executive Committee
  • Violence Against Women Advisory Board

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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