Conservators of the Peace

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: […]

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 […]

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Support a New Approach to Drug Possession Crimes

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recognize that every community and most of our citizens are touched in one way or another by the damaging impacts of drug addiction. We understand that it ruins lives, breaks hearts, burdens families and robs our communities of individuals with potential. Too often, individuals with addiction issues find their […]

O&C Timberland

The Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA) along with numerous other organizations have reviewed the newest management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 2.5 million acres of O&C timberland here in Oregon. OSSA takes a strong interest in this plan because federal law provides that the primary use of these O&C lands […]

Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff

Sheriffs in all 36 Oregon counties have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oregon, and the laws thereof.  Our oath is our pledge to you, to be conservators of the peace for our citizens, while being respectful of the rights afforded to all of us under the […]

House speech regarding Harney County and BLM

Dear Representative Walden, On behalf of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, I wanted to express our appreciation for your leadership and courage on the federal land management issues you addressed in your January 5th address to the House of Representatives.  Many Oregon Sheriffs share your concerns that the Bureau of Land Management and other federal […]

Title III Dollars

The Honorable, Senator Jeff Merkley, The Sheriffs, in the State of Oregon are still wishing to convey to Washington how important the Title III dollars are to each county, in helping to provide emergency services to federally owned land in the State of Oregon. The Sheriffs’ are aware you submitted an amendment and then were […]

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) continues to stand with Harney County Sheriff David Ward

Many OSSA member agencies — along with many city police departments and the Oregon State Police — have sent personnel to help Sheriff Ward patrol the community and maintain public safety during this critical time. We continue to be asked when the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge will end, and which agency will make […]