Conservators of the Peace

Posts by Debbie Spinden

Message from the President

Pat Garrett, OSSA President & Washington County Sheriff Summer – “Levy Passage Signifies Vote of Confidence for Sheriff ’s Office Future” One way to characterize the relationship between a sheriff ’s office and the community is its’ interdependence. A sheriff ’s office needs a community engaged in public safety, and the community needs a capable sheriff […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Summer, 2017 – As I write this, we are in the middle of May which is when we remember our fellow officers and deputies who have given the ultimate sacrifice. There are only two days in America where by law the flag is to fly […]

Sheriff Bruce Lohrey, Sherman County

After graduating from high school he moved to Bend, Oregon and attended college. He originally wanted to be a school teacher, so he was taking courses to further that goal. Becoming a school teacher was a bit of a conflict for him, since as he says, “Law enforcement was a way of life for my […]

2017 Session: Most Difficult for Policing in Decades

A Legislative Session with the current legislative environment can be extremely difficult. OSSA lobbyist, Kevin Campbell, has stated, “I can confidently say that the 2017 legislative session is the most challenging in my 22-year career.” There are a number of reasons that the 2017 Legislative Session is particularly challenging for policing interests including the following: […]

Message from the President

Pat Garrett, OSSA President & Washington County Sheriff   Spring – There are several responsibilities the sheriffs have in common regardless of the county they serve. For example, all sheriffs set the leadership tone, communicate with our community and within our organizations, set goals, put the right people in the right positions, implement change, provide […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Spring, 2017 – As we head into the 2017 legislative season here in Salem, your sheriffs have several important issues they are facing this year. Our legislative committee really hasn’t had any time off since last year, as we are either trying to get bills […]

Sheriff Chris Humphreys, Wheeler County

Sheriff Chris Humphreys is the fifth generation of his family to live in Wheeler County. He began as a deputy sheriff with Wheeler County in 1997. In 1999 he left Wheeler County to work for the Portland Police Bureau, moving back to Wheeler County in 2013 when he was first sworn in as Wheeler County […]

DPSST – Oregon’s Best-Kept Secret

On June 1, 1961, Governor Mark O. Hatfield signed House Bill 1590, creating the Advisory Board on Police Standards and Training to establish standards for the training and certification of city and county law enforcement officers. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) has played a significant role in the formation of this Board and has […]

Legal Analysis: President’s Executive Order of January 25, 2017

Many Oregon residents are asking their local Sheriff how President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration will change local practices. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association provides the following analysis of this complex issue. The answer, at least in the short term, is that immediate changes to police practices are unlikely. All Oregon police […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff Winter 2016 — It has been a pleasure to serve as the president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association during this past year. It has been a busy year with sheriffs helping other sheriffs. With the increase in political dissatisfaction creating a real threat to the safety […]