Sheriff Jim Hensley
Crook County Sheriff's Office
308 E. 2nd St
Prineville, OR 97754
About Sheriff Hensley:
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Sheriff Hensley graduated from Crook County High School in 1973 and has lived in Crook County for 41 years. He raised three children in Crook County and is very proud of his long time commitment to residing in and serving the citizens of Crook County.
Sheriff Hensley started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the Prineville Police Department in 1981 and was hired as a full time police officer with the City of Prineville in 1983. In 1986 he went to work for the Crook County Sheriff's Office and worked in Patrol/Criminal, Narcotics Detective assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), Patrol Sergeant, Undersheriff, Parole and Probation and was elected Sheriff in November 2010 and was sworn in as Sheriff on January 3rd, 2011.
Sheriff Hensley is an active member of the community, participating in the Crooked River Round Up Board, For The Children, Community Coalition and many other community functions and activities.
Sheriff Hensley and his wife Sherrie live in Prineville where they enjoy all that Crook County has to offer.
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Crook County Sheriff's Office In Action
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2011 Marine Patrol Deputies on the day the Marine Board presented the new Marine Patrol Boat to the Crook County Sheriff's Office.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mitch Madden retrieving items from a creek bed after a flood.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chris Estes putting out a fire that he discovered while on patrol in the Ochoco National Forest.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol bringing in an injured person from an accident at Prineville Reservoir.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Patrol Vehicles at a Motor Vehicle Accident scene.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Members of the Mounted Posse in Ochoco Creek Park in Prineville.
Crook County Sheriff's Office Members of the CCSO Search and Rescue Mounted Unit in the Ochoco National Forest during a search for a lost individual.
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Fall, 2013 – As I have discussed in the past, the lack of
jail beds in Crook County continues to be a
major concern. With only 16 beds in our jail
and another 16 rented beds from Jefferson
County, we have a shortage of needed jail beds
for those that are arrested and sentenced to
serve jail time by the courts. We continually
see the same offenders returning to jail time
and time again after committing new crimes
and creating new victims. Currently we have
a waiting list of 93 individuals that need to
serve court ordered jail sentences for criminal
convictions where the citizens of Crook County
were the victims. Without the needed jail beds
it makes it difficult to make these individuals
understand that there are consequences for
their criminal actions. This is an issue that we
are working close with the county and other
community partners in finding a solution. If
anyone would like a tour of our nearly 50-yearold
correctional facility, just give me a call at
(541) 447-6398, and I will give you a tour of
Sergeant James Savage has completed the FBI
National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and
has returned home. We are happy to have him
back. In addition to Sergeant Savage being
back, we have a new Criminal/Patrol Deputy at
the office by the name of Dan Smith. Deputy
Smith has worked for the office the past two
years in a seasonal position and comes to us
with about three years of experience. Deputy
Smith is completing his FTE P program and
should be working on the road by the time
this newsletter is published. We are also in
the process of hiring an additional corrections
deputy to fill an opening in the jail.
The fall hunting seasons are here and we would
like to remind everyone that when you’re going
into the outdoors, be prepared in case you
become lost or stranded. Please make sure that
someone knows where you are going and when
you plan to return. Cell phones do not always
work in rural parts of the county so please let
someone know your plans.
As always, if you would like to visit with me,
please feel free to contact me at (541) 447-6398.